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    Default Young Red-Tailed Hawks Leaving the Nest

    The first shot was taken June 14, when I found the nest. It was two weeks before I got back to it, so most of the other pics were taken June 27-29, the last three days before all had left the nest. Every gust of wind made the chicks flap their wings and rise just a bit.
    I like shot # 5, which shows the last chick hesitating before leaping into the void. Several times, she would go out to the very edge of the nest, then go back. Finally, off she went into the wild blue yonder. So, I got to see the first flight. The very last shot was on July 1st, when I located one of the young hawks hanging out deep in the tree branches about 50 yards/meters from the nest. The adults were still around, and I'll post some shots of them in a few days.
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    Default Re: Young Red-Tailed Hawks Leaving the Nest

    Thanks for posting these. I never would have seen anything like this with out your photos.

    Thanks again,
    John B

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    Default Re: Young Red-Tailed Hawks Leaving the Nest

    Simply amazing series Ken! Your persistence definitely pays off !

    I followed a Barn Owl family from birth to fledging, for 6 months, on a live web cam a number of years ago, (that Jim Flinchbaugh had posted a link to). It was so fascinating to follow the daily progress! Watching them doing practice take offs from the nesting box toward the very end, was really great.
    In the end, it was with mixed feelings to watch the now grown Owlets take their final leaps "into the wild blue yonder" as you said, and disappear.
    How lucky for you to have caught the last one on it's journey to the final frontier!
    David

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    Default Re: Young Red-Tailed Hawks Leaving the Nest

    Very nice series! It presents a feeling of freedom.
    Mike


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    Default Re: Young Red-Tailed Hawks Leaving the Nest

    Thanks, everyone! David, your description of how one feels in watching the growth series of a raptor is "spot on." It always feels like a real privilege to observe.
    ~Ken

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