Afraid of heights?

Another trip to see if the last of the pair of Great Blue Herons had left the nest.  ‘Chicken’ was quite active but still couldn’t make the change from nestling to full flight.  I watched it for about 20 minutes with the idea that I might actually catch it’s first flight from the nest.  It didn’t even have to be much of a flight, the trees which routinely hold larger birds were only about 15 feet from the nest.  This view will show you the approximate distance.  But, after looking at that it decided to look straight down.  OOOOOOO, Scarey.

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But that wasn’t enough to stop this bold adventurer.  It quickly looked in another direction and found the perfect flight path.


Straight across into the nest.


Upon landing, it struck a triumphant pose although it’s flight wasn’t much more than a hop with it’s feet lifted.  After a while, it went back to the corner by the trees and I thought it might actually go.  It turned out to be a little more posturing but it must have been tiring since it walked back into the nest to sit down.

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Oh well, tomorrow is another day.  The parents are no longer providing meals so it had better get busy.  Of course, if it does fall from the nest there is no better place than the Peace River Wildlife Center below it.


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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