SX50: Big gulp at 120yds
Actually more like 124 or 125 yds as measured in Google Earth. That vantage is required to be up high enough to see over the edge of the eyrie and partially over the grass. To get higher means either breaking the rules or getting even farther away.
The chicks are about 14 days post hatch in this photo. They were finally active enough to leave the eyrie's scrape (depression to hold the eggs) and get behind the low spot in the grass so that they could be seen under ideal conditions (like when mama is not in front in the way).
Soon the grass will be shorter and sparser and the chicks will be taller and they will be visible from closer to the eyrie. They will reach nearly adult size at about 40 days after hatching and will fledge about then.
Two chicks can be discerned reaching for the food with the more aggressive one getting this bite. There are 3 chicks this year and so far all look active and healthy.
Thanks for looking,
|Thunderheads With Egret by Buzz Lightyear|
|Double Rainbow; Abiquiu, NM, USA. by abiquiuense|
from After the Rain
|White Tern-2289 by vbuhay|
from A Whiter Shade of Pale