Great Blue Heron

Oct 15, 2023 | The Wanderer, Birds


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Blue Heron

Great blue herons are one of the most beautiful of all the shore birds. The male and female look almost the same. On average, males are a little larger with longer ornamental plumes, but these distinctions are so slight and variable that it’s hard to see the difference, even when members of a pair are together.

The great blue heron is the largest heron species in North America, standing about 4 feet tall. For such large and lanky birds, herons are speedy, flying as fast as 30 mph.

They usually fly with their necks in an S-shape and their legs trailing behind them.

With a lightning-fast strike, herons easily nab fish or frogs for a meal.

Great blue herons are a symbol of wetland ecosystems and are a sight to behold for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers. Observing these majestic birds in their natural environment is indeed a special experience.

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