SYM ='s Second Year Male,,,,,,,take note that he has just a few dark feathers on his breast and underside. The juvenile males do not get their adult plumage until they go through a complete molt during their second winter in Brazil. He will be totally dark when he returns next year. It is my contention that those that return to North America in the first summer with a number of dark adult male breast feathers have superior genes over those that don't. They are capable of mating and raising a family in the first summer after their return and some often do. The timing of the second year birds return happens after all the adults have paired up and taken all available housing so they usually just hang around and be a PITA. They will break eggs,kill babies ,fight, etc in an effort to play house with a wayward female. smile.
|big gourd by rok urankar|
|crashing waves-1 by stickpointed|
from The Wild Rugged Coast
|'Red 18' by Private Custard|