It is spring in Argentina. This brood of three Chalk-browed Mockingbirds were waiting for a parent to return with food in the Costanera Sur Reserve by the Rio Plata in Buenos Aires.

I concentrated my camera on the chick on the right which was best placed, but not best pleased when an adult delivered a food parcel to one of the other siblings.

All three of them competed as loudly for their parents’ attention, but my chick had to wait for a few passes before it got its share.

It became more and more hysterical as the adults favoured the others, but was eventually rewarded with two juicy bugs.

Was it satisfied? Of course not.

It continued to cry as the adult rested for a moment, possibly wondering, (as so many of us watchers have done in our own family lives) “What do I have to do…..?”

The Chalk-browed Mockingbird has been blocked from the west coast of South America by the Andes mountain range, but they are common across the central and eastern side of the continent. They like gardens and city parks and are often one of the first birds seen by visitors.

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.