Cat Got Your Tongue?

Not likely with a tongue like this!

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Great blue heron fledgling licking his lips, erm bill.

This week, Ben and WordPress challenged us to show you TONGUE. The photo here shows a great blue heron fledgling licking his lips, erm licking his bill after downing a small fish.

As you can see, a heron’s tongue is as long as their very long bill, and…

Oh, wait, not what Ben meant by showing tongue?

As dear Emily Litella used to say on the original SNL, “Nevermind.”

What Ben actually meant was for us to speak about what language we would wish to be fluent in.

I would choose to be fluent in “Heron,” and have already learned three words from their vocabulary:

Arrrrh, arrrrh, arrrrh

I wrote about learning arrrrh earlier, click here.


Thanks to Ben Huberman and WordPress for the Daily Prompt: TONGUE.


A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron, Fledgling

Posted on February 10, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Humor, Nature, Photography, postaday, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. That’s so neat! I’d never actually thought of the logistics of herons having tongues, and I’m pretty certain that this is something I’d never have seen had you not posted a photo. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Anna, thanks for visiting and for your thoughtful comment! It’s pretty interesting to watch a heron lick his lips after eating, a big slurping movement along both sides of the bill. It was a surprise to me the first time I witnessed it, and I think it’s delightful and funny to see.

  2. Delightful. I think I’d like to learn Heron, too!

  3. They do have super long tongues. Great shot!

  4. lol! I had no idea it was that thin:-)

  5. Quite a rare capture… 🙂

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