Adult Little Blue Herons teach their young to fly by encouraging them, sometimes with food, out to the end of a branch. The adult then takes off, hoping the juvenile will follow.
Although the juveniles have been venturing onto the branches for a couple of weeks, In the beginning actually lifting off is a tough sell.
Many of the families have three or four chicks and the sibling competition seems to spur them on. This fellow appeared to be an only child, or maybe the others have already moved on.
“I don’t know if I can do this!”
Success! It was a short hop but he made it and landed successfully.