I noticed this nest of three baby robins on my neighbor's drain pipe and it was the perfect height for photographing from my deck. I shot a bunch of photos o ver only three days. This series shows the time just before the babies took flight. It really was so cool to be allowed to photo and watch these three go from nest to flight. The last day when I came home the other two had already flown and the last baby seemed to have a hard time leaving. Momma Robin came twice to feed and encourage him. I kept telling him to hurry a storm was coming and it was getting too dark to photograph. Finally, he was just standing on the pipe and he leaned down and left and I didn't catch it. He landed OK but not gracefully and I could see him struggle and flap around on the patio below. Mom was close and came to feed and encourange him. He got out of the patio enclosure and onto the lawn where Mom fed him again. Finally they flew to the back of the yard and I couldn't see where they went. The storm hit about half ad hour later. Looks like I'll have another chance to photo babies as Mom Robin is sitting on the same nest again.
If you want to see the photos individually, check out my Photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunsetqueen/