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.