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All: D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 560mm, ISO 800, 1/1000, f8, fill flash (SB910 + Better Beemer)
This may have the male chicks first flight, it was the first time I saw this chick fly and it was a rapid takeoff unlike other first flights Iíve witnessed where they simply lift off and land a moment later. The chick went about 20 yards and landed on a dead tree near the nest. I love how mom gets a wide eyed look with mouth open and how his sister sites there oblivious to what has taken place. About two minutes later the sister starts to flap her wings and looks like she will launch when she gives up. Her day will come.
This happened at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area on Long Island, New York yesterday. I was talking to a fellow photographer when this happened and am happy to have caught this though I wish I were closer as the crops and sun angle are far from ideal. Iíd moved for the last 2 frames.