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An Empty Nest August 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Nature, People.

For the past few weeks, a family of Anhingas resided in a large nest across the lagoon from our villa.

We watched the parents build the nest.

We watched as the parents waited for the eggs to hatch.

We watched three chicks emerge ~ at first, seeing only heads peeping over the edge of the nest, chirping in hunger until mom or dad appeared on the horizon, then crying in frenzied anticipation.

We watched the chicks grow from white balls of fluff, to birds with wings not yet mature enough to take flight.

This morning, I noticed that the birds had gone out on a limb, literally. 

The bough bent under their collective weight, until one by one, they took flight.

We hope they’ll soar.

For another type of empty nest:  When Your Last Starts Their Firsts

For more information on Anhingas, visit Audubon Guides: Anhingas


1. Agatha82 - August 5, 2010

Wow, how wonderful you got to see them grow up. Lovely. Had never heard of such birds so I learnt something today 🙂

nrhatch - August 5, 2010

We’ve enjoyed having them around, but we usually have baby ducks or herons or something else to watch.

These were front and center when we went outside. It felt sad to know they were leaving.

BUT . . . they stopped back this afternoon, and it looks like they plan to sleep in the nest tonight. : )

Maybe we’ll get to see M&D teach them to fish!

Agatha82 - August 6, 2010

That’s wonderful. I get to see baby ducks at the pond in Waterlow Park here in Highgate (North London) – Love fluffy baby birds 🙂

2. theonlycin - August 5, 2010

There’s an awful bird here, called a hadeda (I think the proper name is the African Ibis). They terrorise us, steal our dog food and make enormous splodges of poop all over our houses. Wish their nests could be moved elsewhere.

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

I’ll look up the Hadeda. The Ibis around here are small, well-mannered birds with huge Jimmy Durante bills which they use to peck for insects. : )

Turkey vultures tend to make a nuisance of themselves here ~ but when they’re in flight, quite gorgeous.

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