Great Blue Heron Adult and Chick, with Frog

Big Meal for GBH Chick

Great Blue Heron chicks have started to hatch around the rookery and Tuesday I spotted one in a high nest sticking his head up.

The first few days the adults will tear food apart and give it to their chicks. As the chicks grow, which happens pretty quickly, the adult dangles food in front of the chicks encouraging them to grab their own meal.

Great Blue Heron Adult and Chick, with Frog
Great Blue Heron Adult and Chick, with Frog

Either this chick couldn’t figure out how to get a bite of frog or wasn’t hungry, but after a minute or so the chick lost his chance.

Great Blue Heron Adult and Chick, with Frog
Great Blue Heron Adult and Chick, with Frog

It took a minute or so of concentrated effort, but the adult ate the frog in one bite.

Great Blue Heron Adult and Chick, with Frog
Great Blue Heron Adult and Chick, with Frog

7 thoughts on “Big Meal for GBH Chick”

    1. It sure was—lunch and dinner! Sorry, I don’t know about the frog ID, Gwennie. I don’t notice a lot of frogs around the ponds here and only occasionally get startled by one jumping into the water.

    1. Thanks, Belinda! Me, too, and I’m looking forward to seeing chicks at a nest closer to the pond edge for a better view. Often the meals we see them passing around are unidentifiable, half eaten or regurgitated. This is the first time I’ve been able to ID a frog.

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