Though the hot temps in summer can be most oppressive, this season brings us the opportunity to see those cute little baby birds that are the product of all that earlier breeding behavior. The momma Robin in the top pic is sacrificing her comfort by staying in the nest to shade her offspring the best she can. She and both her babies (the bill of the younger nestling is just visible below the older one) are all doing what birds have to do to cool off–opening their bills wide and panting like dogs do . This photo was taken in Colorado, on one of the very hot days we have had this summer, when it had already climbed to 92 degrees F in late morning–yes, it gets hot in most of the lower elevation locations in Colorado.
The cute little guys in the bottom pics are fledgling Wild Turkeys. It was very interesting to watch the parent turkeys communicate instructions to the babies via different gobble sounds. When I drove up and stopped my car the parent bird instructed the young to hide in the vegetation which they did. I stayed in my car (as often as I can I take photos out the car window to minimize disturbance to birds) and was quiet so the adults returned to feeding and the young turkeys came back out into full sight. When I started my car engine to leave the parent birds called again for the fledglings to follow them as is shown in the pic on the left.
Let me note that I use a very long telephoto lens combination on my digital slr camera that provides about 900 mm equivalent or approximately 18 X’s normal. This allows me to take photos of birds that would, if even possible, be very disruptive to many birds (for example, I was 50 feet away from the Robin family in top pic). I am a strong proponent of minimal impact birding and photography. Please be considerate when photographing birds.