I love their ‘leap of faith’ when they take flight. At times I will find a spot and wait for this type of series. Some I get, some I miss. Catching the first part of a flight is incredible to watch.
Below is a series of sequential images of the ‘leap’. Oh, under this nest is swamp and Alligators.
Click any image for full size, the bird’s concentration is amazing.
This is faith, jump off the high nest into the air, knowing you will not hit the water and danger below.
Gotta love it !