The other day I found this fledgling cowbird sitting in a dead tree at the edge of a wetland. He was quite cooperative and I didn't really think much more about him as I was trying to get photos of a Black Tern that was foraging around the edges of the cattails.
But then I noticed that this youngster was still being fed by it's host parent, a male Common Yellowthroat.
He was busy keeping Baby Huey fed.
This mouth-full had a couple of insects destined for the apparently insatiable youngster.
In goes one.
And out it comes again. Apparently the cowbird was so intent on getting the second insect in the yellowthroat's mouth that it forgot to swallow the first insect (click on the photo to get a bigger version and you can just see the insect emerging from the cowbird's mouth).
Click on this picture and you can see the first insect crawling out of the cowbird's mouth.
The yellowthroat later grabbed the insect back and fed it again along with the second one in it's mouth.
The yellowthroat came back once more with a damselfly before the young cowbird switched to another perch across a narrow channel in the wetland.