Saturday, July 25, 2015

Learning to Grow Up the Hard Way, with a Green Heron Family


                                                                   Red Eared Slider


                                                          Immature Green Heron(Eldest)


                                                 The Two Eldest Immature Green Herons


                                                         Eldest Immature Green Heron


                                                               Second Eldest Green Heron


                                                                      Mallard Hen


                                                           Immature Orchard Oriole


                                                                Red-winged Blackbird


                                                           Mallard x Domestic Duck


                                                        Juvenile Red-winged Blackbirds


Male Orchard Oriole


Third Immature Green Heron


                                                        Eldest Immature Green Heron


                                                                          Ditto


                                                                           Ditto


                                                                          Ditto


                                                              Eldest in Front/Second Eldest
                                                                   Green Heron in Rear


                                                                          Ditto


                                                          Eldest Immature Green Heron


                                                                          Ditto


                                                                          Ditto


                                                                          Ditto


                                                      Youngest Immature Green Heron


                                                          Eldest Immature Green Heron


                                                        A Parent Pounces on the Eldest
                                                             Immature Green Heron


                                                       The Chase with Parent in the Rear


                                                                  Adult Green Heron


                                                                             Ditto


                                                   Second Eldest Immature Green Heron


                                                                          Ditto


                                                                           Ditto


                                                          Eldest Immature Green Heron


                                                                        Ditto


                                                                         Ditto

                                                                     
                                                                       Ditto


0650-1015/78-89 degrees/partly cloudy/light and variable winds

Life is not easy for migratory birds, and learning the hard way begins shortly out of the safety
of the nest.  While looking at these photos with the eldest Green Heron youngster, it may
appear to you that the parent is attacking its offspring.  That is not the case.  The parent is
trying to teach the youngster to fly, as they will be migrating from the area in four or five
weeks.  The little ones need to grow, as well as get the wings into shape for what could be a
rather long flight.  As you can see in the final photo, the young bird flew back up from where it
had originally come.

You aren't able to see or know this, but this parent was observing the immature birds the entire
time that I was photographing them.  The looked up constantly to see the parent.  Finally, it had
seen enough play and lallygagging about, and had to get the little ones to understand that it is
time to fly in their instruction to growing up.

Scientists are finally discovering that animals are very similar beings to humanity.  They raise
their young with a loving, yet firm hand.  Stay tuned for more regarding the young Green Herons.