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We have lift off !!...Great white Egret chick ~ flying the nest | by Cosper Wosper
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We have lift off !!...Great white Egret chick ~ flying the nest

A case of 'at the right place at the right time'.... I'd been standing on the path (the only place you can get a view of the nest site) chatting to a group of bird watchers... like you do... and was getting a little frustrated as all three chicks were well hidden in the reed bed and not showing, even when the parent birds dropped in to feed them...

 

So anyway, I thought I'd take a little strole down to Noah's hide. I was watching a coot dragging nesting material around when one of the chicks popped up above the reeds, made a short flight, if you can call it that, of about fifteen metres towards me, and plonked itself down on top of some dead branches... It flapped it's wings for a minute or so as it tried to steady itself, and then dropped down into the reeds again.... what a buzz!!

 

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Taken on June 11, 2012