Having watched over a few nestlings of his own, esnl has been thoroughly delighted with the opportunity to see other critters going through the same process. Today’s reward was a chance to watch one of the nestlings make an excursion outside the nest. Two pix here, two more after the jump.
First came the urge, apparent in the raptor focus as the branch catches the young bird’s attention. . .
Next comes the leap, captured here at the landing end, with wings and tail feathers deployed.
MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMPOut of a limb, the young ‘un enjoys the view, shielded by the leaves.
Finally, a sense of the scene. The hawk above is seen from a wider view, through 155 millimeters rather than the 600 mm of the tighter shows. Still, 155 is about three times closer than the human’s eye view of the scene. The hawk is the small white figure about a third of the way in from the left and a bit above midline.