Started giggling when I came across this Green Heron Nest one early morning Trek. They were almost full grown and definitely venturing out on their own!
Mom was just through dropping off a breakfast snack and to catch the look on these chicks face so cracked me UP! It was sheer desperation; “No No don’t leave we are still hungry” type of look!
And then I actually saw them get real brave and venture out on the branch, alone! Could this be the day they actually take those steps towards “fledge“?
They started sticking out their little heads and then one did it, he hopped out on the branch. He was quite brave wrapping those long claws around this slim branch, gripping like a monkey! He was descending down on the branch like a runway.
Didn’t take long for sibling to join him, however when he jumped on the branch with him, it started swaying up and down. This reminded me of the see saw days of my youth. Gosh saw some violent fluttering of the wings, heard loud squawking and found myself holding my breath.
The first chick turned and appeared quite irate and gave a piece of his mind to his family member! It’s as if he was saying; “Stop following me, you do realize you just about made me fall into the water” Did I mention this was all taking place on a little island known to be surrounded by Gators? Didn’t see any today, nevertheless as we know, doesn’t mean they aren’t lurking in the waters below.
He ran down that branch and launched himself forward like one who would attempt a belly flop in the water! But this lil guy had wings and he indeed knew how to use them. Instincts took over and he just soared across that water!
He caught his balance and slowly turned to look back, he was all skinny and he strangely looked more adult. I think he was proud of himself 🙂What I just witnessed was an instinctive part of growth, where abilities, balancing acts and caution got all balled up in the wind, literally! So THIS is how one learns to soar and it doesn’t even matter what you look like!
It’s all about taking first steps, finding balance on that branch and realizing the runway directly in front of you. Yup, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
― E.E. Cummings