Bite Your Tongue – Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Because even masterpieces sometimes bite their tongues.

Great blue heron bites its tongue.

Great blue heron bites its tongue.

It’s no secret that I consider great blue herons among the masterpieces of Nature.

And it’s also no secret that their tongues are fully the length of their stiletto beaks.

Do you know that feeling of chomping down and biting your cheek or tongue in the process?

The heron shown here certainly does.

She was foraging along the northern shoreline, rooting in the waters and wet clay, and mostly coming up with frogs and small turtles that day.

It had been peaceful watching her as she rounded the curve in the shore where the water lilies were in bloom.

She was gorgeous in classic heron silhouette, sleek feathers catching the sunlight just so, and I fired off more than a few photos.

Great blue heron bites its tongue - frame number 1.

Great blue heron bites its tongue.

And then it happened: she bit down, let loose a sharp cry, and transformed into a vision unlike any I’d ever seen before, her crest feathers channeling Madeline Kahn’s bride of Frankenstein hairdo from the wonderful film Young Frankenstein.

For some of you, this might just be the first time you’ve ever felt empathy with a Great Blue Heron, no?

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Thanks for the Weekly Photo Challenge nudge Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress.
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(This took place September, 2009)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

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Posted on July 27, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Of course i feel empathy her 😉 ! What a unique moment, you catched, great!

  2. LOL Babsje! Cant believe you caught the moment 🙂

  3. Forest So Green

    You captured the moment 🙂

  4. Unbelievable is all I can say! I’ve seen herons at the park feeding on fish, but never your giant blue herons.

    • Thanks for the kind compliment. I was lucky to have witnessed this scene unfolding. Its good that you’re able to see herons there. Take along a camera sometime – even a phone’s camera.

  5. Wordless :

    “And then it happened: she bit down, let loose a sharp cry, and transformed into a vision unlike any I’d ever seen before, her crest feathers channeling Madeline Kahn’s bride of Frankenstein hairdo from the wonderful film Young Frankenstein.:

    * clap*clap*clap

    • Thank you. I suppose the proper response to the clapping would be a bow or curtsey? So, a bow AND a curtsey. The heron’s bride of Frankenstein hairdo would be amusing except I’m sure it was a painful moment for her…

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