K?rearea chick

The falcon fledges

Over the past few weeks the young falcon ball of fluff has become a falcon fledgling. Repeat visits have been rewarded with repeat viewings of the rapidly growing youngster as it got bolder, bigger and then started making short hops that eventually turned into flying.

K?rearea chickPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Ineffective hiding.

K?rearea chickPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Trying out the growing wings.

K?rearea (male)Photo by Brendon & Keryn

About 50% feather to fluff.

K?rearea fledgling (male) feedingPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Largely fluff free.

K?rearea fledgling (male) stretchingPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

More stretching.

K?rearea fledgling (male) flyingPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Flight!.

K?rearea (fledgeling)Photo by Brendon & Keryn

With flight comes height.

K?rearea (fledgeling)Photo by Brendon & Keryn

Nearly all grown up.

In another few weeks the parents will have done all they can to teach their offspring how to fend for himself and they’ll stop feeding him. With luck they’ll then go through the whole process again and there will be another falcon brought into the world.

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