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Maiden flight

Great Blue Heron fledgling takes its first flight. You can still see the little baby feathers on the top of its head. I wasn't sure whether to put this one or the takeoff picture as the lead photo. I thought that this one showed what must have been an immense void to the youngster, even though it flew only about fifteen feet. Bob Jones Trail, Avila Beach, California.

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Taken on June 21, 2012