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Great Blue Heron Chicks Enjoying Home Delivery

7-18-18 gbh chicks & parent IMG_5874Great Blue Heron chicks spend roughly two months in their nest before fledging, during which time they are totally dependent on both of their parents for food.  During the first week after their eggs have hatched, the parents return to the nest after foraging and stand on the rim while placing regurgitated food into their chicks’ open beaks.  By the second week the chicks grasp the adult’s beak briefly when the parent arrives with food, and by the end of the third week the chicks are pulling the adult’s beak into the nest, which they continue to do until they fledge.  Occasionally chicks reach into an adult’s open beak to get food, but most of the time the parents put the food into their offsprings’ beaks.

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7 responses

  1. Ruth

    Looks like a good way to get a throat wound!
    And clicking through on this entry took me to the Heron Chicks Yawning entry. Made me yawn too! 🙂

    July 18, 2018 at 9:12 am

  2. Bill on the hill

    Beautiful photograph Mary, a priceless moment…
    Bill Farr…

    July 18, 2018 at 10:24 am

  3. Alice Pratt

    The Herons look kinda “little” in that huge nest, but a Heron’s ws is 6′ ! Awesome photo!

    July 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm

  4. don mccabe

    Splendid photo, Mary. I keep seeing a magnificent great blue heron at Norford Lake, feeding daily from the same spot on shoreline, but don’t know where the nest is located.
    Wonder of the adults bring their fledglings to their feeding spots or are they left to their own devices.

    Don

    July 18, 2018 at 8:08 pm

  5. Kathryn

    Several years ago I had the distinct pleasure of watching an adult heron teaching his/her young one to fly, land on trees and other heron tricks. What fun. They are quite awkward at that “learning to fly” age.

    July 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

  6. Fiona Blunden

    Mary,
    Have you meet Peter Van Schaik? We visited his Great Blue heron rookery yesterday. What a treat that was.
    Best, Fiona

    July 22, 2018 at 11:25 am

    • No, i’ve Never met him, but if he’d allow me to photograph his rookery i’d Love to!

      July 22, 2018 at 4:51 pm

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