The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is North America’s largest and most ubiquitous heron. This long-legged and long-necked slate gray and blue wading bird is hard to miss.
Tall, slender, elegant, it often stands motionless, statuesque, at the water’s edge, seemingly at ease.
But appearances are deceptive. With the speed of lightning it thrusts its head and neck under water and impales or grabs its prey with its dagger-like bill.
The bulge in the neck is caused by the food bolus.
Ready to look for the next meal.
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