After a couple of very cool days where I saw only portions of a baby Great Blue Heron we finally had a warm sunny day. That meant no more hunkering down with mommy and there was a fair amount of activity in the nest. When I first arrived the adult was doing some nest repairs and I could see my usual fuzzy head in the middle of the nest.
Baby became more active and moved off to the side. I shifted over and found it stretching. That gave me a good shot of it’s immature wings with the beginnings of the primary and secondary flight feathers. Over time, these will extend and fill out.
While that made for an interesting shot, it wasn’t very good because I had to take whatever showed up between the branches of an intervening tree. This shot was pure serendipity. I moved back to a better general shooting position and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a miniature heron and another one too! (My apologies to Clement Clark Moore for the paraphrase). We have two baby herons in the nest.
It looks like twice the fun now.