This is the series I always try to catch. A Great Blue Heron as they leave the nest.
It’s a leap of faith, an assumption that after they jump off the tree they fly.
If they don’t it’s a swamp, with Alligators, right below. No room for error.
The ‘tell’ of a take off is bent knees, leaning forward. It’s not 100% but it’s a motion they all use.
This Heron followed the routine perfectly.
If you miss the signs of a take off most likely you will miss everything and try for a further out in flight shot.
Every photograph here had the exact same time stamp, 4:53:40. This all occurred under 1 second.
Each year at the start of the nesting season we miss most of these opportunities. We get better, but it takes time to shake the rust off!