The Smallest Woodcreeper
Meet the smallest woodcreeper nestling: the Wedge-billed Woodcreeper.
The Wedge-billed Woodcreeper is also known as a resident of Kabalebo. A small agile bird, one that you can see working its way up on a tree. They are insect eaters and will search every inch of the bark for this delicious delicate, that is why they start from the bottom and hoping not to miss a thing.
The Wedge-billed Woodcreeper doesn't make its nest outside on a branch or stick, but inside a hollow tree. Since they are the smallest woodcreeper too by the way, they don't need a lot of space either. At the river cabin I spotted both male and female active near such a hollow tree. While one 'disappeared' in the hole, I always saw the partner outside nearby. Like it was on watch duty. I haven't seen them with any nest material (leaves or twigs) so it was just a 'naked' nest.
I forgot all about their behavior until I saw something very tiny jump out of the hole; it was a nestling. One that was ready to fly out.
Well, it still needed to adjust to its new surroundings as I kept seeing this tiny fellow below all the trees. Its uniform did quite work out fine as a camouflage. Its parents were in the neighborhood, making sure that no one will bother their little one. One was on the same tree, only a couple of meters up and the second parent was close on another tree.
What I also noticed was that both parents had an insect in their beak. It looked like they try to 'push' their little one to not give up and will be rewarded with a treat.
That is what I call: Great parenting!
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