Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fledge Day


There was excitement in my friend's voice on the other end of the phone.  
"Cardinals are nesting near our house, and one of the babies fledged today.  
Would you like to come and see them?"  
"Sure, I'll be right over," I answered, 
What self-respecting photographer could turn down such and invitation?






By the time I arrived, only one baby bird was still in the nest. 
It fledged soon after I arrived, and I didn't see it again,   
but the parents stayed close, chirping their encouragement.







As I sat on the porch steps with my camera, I could feel something watching me.
I glanced down, and in the bushes, saw the eyes of a predator.  






That wouldn't do; the cat was soon captured and put away in the garage.
Hopefully, the birds could live another day.



25 comments:

Cathy said...

how exciting and beautiful! i've never seen such a young cardinal before, thanks : )

JillsyGirl Studio said...

And hopefully they'll live much longer than just another day! Great captures!

Connie Smiley said...

Actually, Cathy, these were the parents. I never did get a good shot of the fledgling.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Great captures and a nice story. At least you saw a fledgling even if you didn't catch it on camera. Pleased the cat was safely dealt with.

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, great to see this little one just out of the nest. I also like the picture of the cat waiting hopefully in the greenery.

Antonio Puigg said...

Hola Connie bonitas fotografias de esta ave.Un abrazo

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous shots, Connie! Very nice!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Connie, you did well in the photography as well as sensing something was about...the cat!

Pat said...

A couple of attentive parents there! I'm glad the cat was put inside, although that's a great picture of him peering from the foliage. There were two neighborhood cats in our yard yesterday, no doubt attracted by the chirping of all the baby sparrows that were around.

Cathy said...

hahah! thanks Connie : ) they look so different from the other adult cardinals i've seen before. the first one looks so scruffy and cute, and has such a big beak and head...they are still very beautiful.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Great pictures and lovely birds.. Beautiful colors.. Regards..

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photographs. I am greeting

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Wow -- what a great friend, glad you got there in time for one anyway! We once saw some osprey nestlings fledge -- one of the neatest experiences ever.

Love the picture of the kitty peeking at you (all your pictures are wonderful)....but while she's very cute, I'm glad she was caught and put away at least long enough to give the newly independent cardinals a flying chance!

Jeanne Klaver said...

I love the story these photos tell. Such a great series of shots!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Awesome photos Grace. Love the kitty shot. glad you got him into the garage, for at least a day or 2.

Jeannelle said...

That first shot is really good!

Misty Dawn said...

What an absolutely spectacular post! I honestly had goosebumps while I looked at the photos and read the post, because it was so exciting and special!

lisa. said...

How lucky you were to see this Connie, and your images are wonderful.
Sending you wishes for a fantastic weekend!
xo.

phylliso said...

Wonderful shots,glad the cat was put away!phyllis

Madge Bloom said...

Connie, what marvelous shots! SO sweet to see life beginning and saving them from the cat!

Jennifer Richardson said...

fledglings.....so much hope
in tiny feathers:)
thanks for the beautiful share
(and I do hope someone put a bell
on that kitty's collar!)
-Jennifer

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Connie,
These shots are great!! Funny to see the beautiful bird with his tuft. Pity that you have not seen the baby birds.

I was looking on your website and saw your other pictures. They are wonderful!! It's really enjoyment!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Kia and Zeno said...

Fab shots, Connie! :)
Cardinals are so beautiful, too bad we don't have them here. Thanks for sharing and happy day!

Noushka said...

Wonderful shots of a lovely looking bird!
Well done Connie!

Anonymous said...

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