wfh juveniles

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Subject: wfh juveniles
From: Elizabeth Compston <>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:32:56 +1100

I probably should have been calling the white faced heron chicks juveniles for some time. They are now taking short flights away from the nest and really trying out their wings. We saw them first fly a short distance, in the tree, yesterday, Jan 6th, in the evening. They settled, together, beside the nest, before we left. They are very beautiful. I stayed watching them for an hour this morning as they tried out their wings. They are eating grubs, or ants, or spiders or ? No adult bird came in while I was there. During all this time, and we have been to watch the birds quite often, we have only seen an adult come in and feed them, once. An adult, which was being harrassed by a noisy miner, stayed only briefly, last night. This morning, every now and again, the miners would harrass the 2 juveniles.

I wonder whether a parent will entice them to leave the tree, or whether they will leave it of their own accord. How will they know where to go, unless they are accompanied by an adult? They must be dependent on a parent for some time, after they leave the tree.


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