Leaving the Nest

On Friday, May 20, the little Blue Tits left the nest. It was by coincidence that I was looking at the nest before going to work. I realized that one of the chicks leaned pretty far out.  So I went to get the camera and was able to take that movie:

You can see how it pushes itself forward and leaps into its first flight at 7 am. First, it sat “in” the bicycle and then on the floor before it went to the honeysuckle waiting for the parents to continue feeding. But they went only back to the nest to feed the others.

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After a while the first one to leave the nest flew away and I didn’t see it anymore. The other two (I believe) were behaving very similar but didn’t fly out. I waited another two hours and then I had to go to work. In the evening the nest was empty.

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This following movie shows four minutes uncut. You can see the parents feeding the two chicks almost every 30 seconds, a total of eight times and removing the fecal sac twice.

For more fantastic bird photos: Bird photography weekly #143

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~ by Natalie on May 22, 2011.

13 Responses to “Leaving the Nest”

  1. Wow. What a wonderful moment to capture. I hope they are doing fine out there in the great wide open.

  2. I am delighted that you managed to witness and capture this event so well. Well done.

  3. What a very lovely series! Tits looks so tiny and cute.

  4. hm, can they manage on their own that young? With no training? Well, nice to see them. I think they are about to leave the nests here as well.

  5. …what a cool video! Perfect timing catching the first little one leaving the nest…

  6. So cute and a joy to witness!

  7. Nice video and pictures! I am sure the eventually caught up the first one too. They are usually aalerted to their locations by chips. Hope you don’t have any cats in the neighborhood.

  8. Oh my goodness! This is so wonderful. Fabulous photographs and video! What a delight for you to view this beautiful event. Absolute joy!

  9. What an interesting nest structure. Did you make it? How exciting to see these beautiful birds close up. I hope they return to you next year! 🙂

  10. Really nice photos on your blog, I like it:D

  11. What a truly AWESOME post Natalie. It is not easy to catch nesting birds for their maiden flights! The first video of the first chick fledging is very cool. The second video is also very entertaining and I encourage everyone to watch it to the end where one of the adults enters the nest and the other adult comes to feed the chicks shortly thereafter. As the second parent is feeding the chicks, the one inside the nest is trying to get out with a fecal sac in its beak. Excellent job getting this video Natalie, really super.

  12. What a great video of the blue tits struggling to keep their hungry brood supplied.
    I’m not that keen on the other video possibilities of big tits babes though . . .

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