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A Great Blue Heron parent getting ready to swallow the snake that the chick was attempting to swallow in the previous slide.

I don't know what it is about snakes, but the Great Blue Herons seem to prefer snakes over fish as food for their chicks when they are very young. So much so, that last year I watched as a parent proceeded to eat five snakes that had been stashed in the nest with the chicks.

2008 by Peter Schulz