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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4 thoughts on “Great Blue Hunter”
Love this bird! Glad to call him a yard resident during the off-breeding season. Great pics and write-up, Tanja.
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Thank you, Shannon. I have definitely never had one reside in own yard. Yours is a veritable animal refuge! 😊
Glad you are back. I missed you. I hope you are enjoying your summer.
Wow! I felt like I was in the adventure of the prey and the predator!
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I am glad you felt part of the action. Thank you for your interest!