Video is not my forte and this one was shot before sunrise with a fully-extended 400mm lens on a kayak. But with that said, it gives a fair sense of what it is like on Armand Bayou when the menhaden are thick and the herons are hungry. While I try to empathize with the baitfish, I can't help but laugh when every dip of the paddle into the water produces a similar explosion.
An adult Great Blue Heron brings food to the nest on Armand Bayou. I apologize in advance for the mediocre quality of this video: hand-held at 400mm, pointing up, from a rocking kayak. But it answers a couple of questions posed by local observers of the nest regarding heron parenting behavior. 1) Yes, the three remaining chicks are still being fed, even though they are as big as the adults and fully capable of flying, and 2) The menu, at least at this stage of development, is a full-sized mullet. The video plays at three-quarters real-time to more clearly reveal the action (notice the victorious fledgling swallowing the mullet at second 17), so the audio is a bit deeper, sounding even more pig-like than at normal pitch.
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