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Great Blue Heron Chicks Yawning

I had to laugh recently when I noticed a chain reaction going on in a Great Blue Heron nest I was watching. There were five chicks, and one of them yawned. At least I presume it was a yawn, though perhaps it could have be re-aligning its beak or perhaps cooling off. Exactly like humans, each of the remaining four birds followed suit and proceeded to stretch their beaks open wide in succession. It struck me as quite comical, especially when I discovered myself yawning as I observed the heron chicks doing the same.

6 responses

  1. nancy galland

    What a life you’ve chosen! What fun! Great picture!! love – Nan

    July 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

    • I know I’m so lucky, Nan. Who else gets to watch herons all morning and wasps carrying prey all afternoon? The life of Riley…whoever he/she was!

      July 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  2. Susan in NH

    That is so funny! Wow, they are big. Must be ready to fledge anytime now?

    July 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    • Any day now I expect to go and find empty nests, but apparently they continue to return to the nest for a few weeks on and off so I may glimpse them again!

      July 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  3. What a super shot! It’s true, you just naturally yawn no matter who or what you see do it!

    July 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    • Thanks so much, Carrie. Glad you could identify with the post!

      July 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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