Sunday, June 5, 2011

Riverside Family

Summary info will be at close of this posting.

Alpha Baby in nearby tree.

Beta Baby still in nest.

Nest is very nice trampoline.

Beta baby has branched above nest and is feeling the strong wind.

Neat landing.

Meanwhile, Alpha baby is watching everything in the area.

Wind-blown kid.

It's not easy getting images...... back lighting, contrasty light, heavy foliage, strong wind.

There are so many pictures that it's hard to edit for a posting. I'll post the daily info, but pictures will be catch-up. I'm seeing other birds and they will have to wait.

Both babies have fledged. The first fledgling, Alpha Baby, is one gutsy kid, took off high over the highway and flew north, but each day returns to nest for a meal. The younger baby, Beta Baby was branching in the nest tree, but has now flown very strongly to several other trees in the nest vicinity. Meals are taken in the nest. Mom is Super Mom looking out for her kids' safety.

I haven't wanted to spend days down by the river, because it is emotionally draining, but I can't help it now. There are perils out of the nest. Anything can happen as they learn how to cope in the outside world. We can only hope for the best.

These images were shot on Friday.


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