Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons - click to enlarge

Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons

The young birds are demanding, and finally when on the verge of adulthood, they become brutal. Competition for the food is fierce.

Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons - click to enlarge
Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons – click to enlarge

I can be in another part of this swamp and I know when an adult Heron returns to a nest. The deep squawks and screeches are incredible. Fighting breaks out immediately between the chicks.

Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons - click to enlarge
Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons – click to enlarge

Most Great Blue nests have 2 juveniles but I know of one with 3 survivors.

Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons - click to enlarge
Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons – click to enlarge
Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons - click to enlarge
Feeding Young Is Brutal, Herons – click to enlarge

Adults will stay on the nest only a short time after providing food. They can be hurt if they stay longer.

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