The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge

The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron

I tell people to make no mistake, this is not rough playing. It is survival. When the food comes the dominant one gets to it first.

The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

If they are closely matched both can eat.

The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

The other consideration is when a disagreement gets rough, like this one, a juvenile can be pushed off the nest.

The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

With luck they have learned enough to fly a short distance to safety.

The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
The Dominant Sibling, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

This ended with no damage to either. As sudden as it started, that’s how quickly it ended. But it was loud for the moment.

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