Herons- Larger Youngsters, waiting for food

 
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Great Blue Herons, the parent has just returned home from finding food, - these are older youngsters than in the previous photo sent in recently.
The parent regurgitates the food for the youngsters, (as they can't leave the nest to find their own food yet) -- and what a feeding frenzy ensues!! They practically MOB the parent!! It was quite amazing to watch, as these "babies" are very big now! I felt sorry for the parent heron.

It appeared that she gave food directly into the beak of the smallest youngster, then emptied the rest directly into the nest, so the babies could find the food for themselves. All part of preparing them to hunt for their own food I guess. Interesting to watch thru the viewfinder while capturing these images.

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