H&G Nest
 
The two chicks are branching now.  Wing wapping and jumping from the brim of the nest to a nearby branch.
 
Mom Godiva is ignoring the youngsters.
 
 
Taking a break.
 
 
Wap.  Wap.  Getting the muscles stronger.
 
 
I am not sure what got Mom Godiva’s attention.  Maybe that the one chick is about to jump back into the nest.
 
 
 

First Nest
 
Both of the chicks have fledged!
 
Kate is not too impressed with Cacao’s semi controlled crash landing.
 
 
While Cacao is trying to get the landing finished, Caramel comes zipping by.
 
 
Kate watches as Caramel makes a landing much further down the tree.
 
 
Just like any offspring, Cacao imitates mom even though Kate is still not impressed!

First Nest
 
The lake level was so high that I could not see the nest.
The sky was sunny, but I was not because I wanted to see the chicks branching.
I had turned around to go back to my truck when a shadow blew past me.
Not a sound had been made in the cove. Yet, here was Kate at a high speed heading for the nest.
She didn’t have a fish.  She did look angry.
Into the branches around the nest Kate disappeared.
No sounds. I waited another 30 minutes then had to leave, wondering why the dash to the nest.
 
 

Drat!!! Pollen!!! I found Caramel on a branch above the rim of the nest.
This activity is called branching and will lead to jumps and flights to higher limbs directly above the nest.
The branching can go on for up to about 2 weeks or last 2 days; depends on how precocious the chick is.
The next step is flight from the safety of the nest: fledgling.
I just wish the pollen hadn’t obscured the first photo.  Sigh.
 
Caramel is standing of a branch that is unseen.  He seems a little startled that he is above the nest.
 
 
Okay.  Now to get back to the safety of the nest. Jump and flap.
 
 
Look at me! I have landed!  I am safe.
 
 
Wow!  I really did it.  Branched a whole two feet or so from branch to the nest.  Oh, wow!