Great Blue Heron Chicks

Finally Some Interest in Flying

From what I have researched these Great Blue Heron chicks, now about 10 weeks old, should have fledged. I’ve seen very little interest in wing flapping or exploring the outer reaches of the nest until yesterday. Neither one actually lifted off, but they each did a little “hop” with wings flapping.

Great Blue Heron CHicks
Great Blue Heron chick wing flapping – click image for larger view

No one I have talked to at the swamp knows if they get flying lessons from their parents or if the chicks will just take off one day. Or if the adults take them to a good fishing spot to get their own dinner or if they just figure it out on their own. I hope to see some of these things play out before this nesting season is over.

Great Blue Heron CHicks
Great Blue Heron chicks  learning their wings- click image for larger view

Each time I stop by I expect this pair to be gone. Of course at that point I wouldn’t know if they flew or something unfortunate had happened to them. If they land in the water a nearby alligator is sure to get an inexperienced flyer.

Great Blue Heron CHicks
Great Blue Heron Chicks – click image for larger view

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