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Tale Of Two Herons, Side By Side

What may be one of the last photographs of this pair. After all the adventures together just to reach this point the photo here seems almost anti-climatic.

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Tale Of Two Heron, Side By Side – Click To Enlarge

The older will fly off and explore, only to return to find the young one just sitting. One day soon both will go and none of us will know how the story continues.

Tale Of Two Herons: Egret Attack

It wasn’t more than 5 minutes after the first young Heron took flight that an Egret attacked. A single young Heron chick is fair game for aggressive Egrets. They see them as an easier target.

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Tale Of Two Heron, Egret Attack – Click To Enlarge

The Egret took up the usual location of a higher branch to stand over a chick.

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Tale Of Two Heron, Egret Attack – Click To Enlarge

The young bird had survived several other attacks and was not a baby any longer.

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Tale Of Two Heron, Egret Attack – Click To Enlarge

In fact he was just as big, and maybe heavier than the attacking bird. So the Heron went on the offensive. He stood back up and moved to a higher spot.

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Tale Of Two Heron, Egret Attack – Click To Enlarge

At that point the Great Egret moved up the tree and stopped immediately.

I think at this point there will not be too many more Egret attacks.

A Tale Of Two Herons: We Have Liftoff

After watching these 2 birds from the egg, through near fatal attacks, until full size, our biggest fear was to arrive one day to an empty nest. A story with no ending. However…

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A Tale Of Two Herons, We Have Liftoff – Click To Enlarge
A Tale Of Two Herons, We Have Liftoff - Click To Enlarge
A Tale Of Two Herons, We Have Liftoff – Click To Enlarge

The larger of the 2 was moving around outside the nest. Bouncing with the wind, and just staring into space.

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A Tale Of Two Herons, We Have Liftoff – Click To Enlarge

Suddenly he just jumped, and I was completely unprepared. Obviously he wasn’t.

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A Tale Of Two Herons, We Have Liftoff – Click To Enlarge

A slight drop, a bit lower than was comfortably,  but a flight that was pretty smooth.

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A Tale Of Two Herons, We Have Liftoff – Click To Enlarge

The landing could have been better, at the least a better spot than in the middle of the tree branches.

Both of us breathed a sigh of relief on the landing. The heron was funny since all of a sudden he was looking around, breathing heavy, in a ‘oh ____ what have I done’ moment.

Tale Of Two Herons: Feeding Teenagers

The times has come where the young, at least one, is almost the size of the adults. No fly time yet, but they practice in place now.

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The smaller juvenile still waits for an opening. With luck the first will fly and the second get all the attention.

The new neighbors have reached a truce it appears. Once the eggs hatch that might end, but for now it’s just a little ‘yelling’ back and forth.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Feeding Teenagers – Click To Enlarge

 

Tale Of Two Herons: A Different View

This image was taken to give a different perspective on the nest and location. The usual shots are directly in front of the trees. This is from down the water and at a greater distance.

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Tale Of Two Herons, A Different View – Click To Enlarge

Above you see two items of note. The first is a nesting pair of Great Egrets closer than living in a city apartment. Egrets are the birds that had attacked the young when they were smaller. The birds still keep a close eye on them.

The second item is just how large the birds are compared to the nest. Another critical time has been reached for them. Close quarters means fighting between the chicks. One bad move and a fall is a very real possibility. I have seen close calls. A fall is fatal.

So far all is well though.

Tale Of Two Herons: Always Hungry

A recent visit to check on the young herons gave us a big surprise. Actually 2 big ones.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Always Hungry – Click To Enlarge

At this point the egrets have no interest in arguing with them. They have a nest a few yards away, and stay there.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Always Hungry – Click To Enlarge

The adults seem to have learned to stay near, and bring lots of food.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Always Hungry – Click To Enlarge

I feel bad for the adults when they arrive. The young birds just jump all over them demanding to be fed.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Always Hungry – Click To Enlarge

Their wings have feathers now and the next step is testing lift off, and then the first flight. There is no room for error on that flight so I hope they practice.

Tale Of Two Herons: Awkward Phase

When out checking the status of these 2 chicks all seemed fine. Except for their appearance.

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Wow…

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Tale Of Two Herons, Awkward Phase – Click To Enlarge

The size difference is clear. However, both are now up and moving. Not a great thing when hanging 40 feet over swamp water. They can protect themselves now though.