When I returned from some flower shopping yesterday and peeked at our nest, I saw this! What a miraculous moment. This baby suddenly has the instinct to perch precariously on a branch – away from the protection of the nest – and think about flying of all things!
I kept my distance while going about my gardening, but actually got to see him (her?) jump and flutter-fly to the ground. Mom and Dad were super vigilant. Little sibling watched carefully but is not quite ready for this brave stuff. Learning flying skills and how to hunt for food takes up to a week. Meanwhile, Mom and Dad still feed and teach – and the dogs stay OUT of the garden.
My courtyard is the perfect place to learn to fly – with lots of sheltered area and stuff to perch on. But I don’t think I’ll try it anytime soon!
Thank you so much for your amazing comments and insights in response to my last post.It lifted my spirits more than I can tell you.
To give back a little, I want to share some of my moments at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California – my favorite beach.
And speaking of “ready to fly”, I had just switched from video on my iPhone to using my DSLR still camera when something startled all those Seagulls into flight. I took as many shots as I could, but if only I could have caught that motion and sound on video for you! Maybe you can imagine it . . .
Hope you are filling your Sunday with joyful things.