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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
One Tongue to Rule Them All

Sitting with my tripod along the side of the Lake Apopka Wildlife drive, watching and shooting this Great Blue Heron, when suddenly, HE DID THIS! I had never seen the tongue of a heron and I was amazed! Was he catching a fly? Yawning? Threatening something? I am not a bird watcher per se, and do not know, but I was thrilled to be there for this moment and as always, was impressed with the anatomy of this magnificent bird. I couldn't resist the Lord of the Rings title.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2016
Photo Location: Apopka, Florida, United States of America
Camera: COOLPIX P900
Copyright: © Elie Wolf