Home With Dinner for the GBH Chicks

The adult Great Blue Heron has returned to the nest with food and the chicks know the drill. I tend to think of the adult as “mom,” but it just as easily could be “dad.”

Great Blue Heron Chicks in Nest

The hungry chicks start in on mom immediately.

Great Blue Heron Chicks Greeting Adult
Great Blue Heron Chicks Greeting Adult in Nest

The ritual of pulling on her beak may be the impatience of hunger or could be how nature helps her with the next step: regurgitation.

Great Blue Heron Chicks Greeting Adult
Great Blue Heron Chicks Greeting Adult

She sticks her beak way down into the nest, so no photos of that happening. I didn’t need to see it anyway!

Great Blue Heron Chicks Feeding in Nest

The chicks have started more wing flapping as they move around, here competing for the food mom brought. She watches over them until the food is gone.

Great Blue Heron Chicks in Nest
Great Blue Heron Chicks Feeding in Nest

Then the chicks are on their own again.

Great Blue Heron Chicks in Nest
Great Blue Heron Chicks in Nest

 

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