The Great Blue Heron is the largest of the North American herons. With a wingspan between 5.5 – 6.5 ft and weighing around 5.5lbs (British Columbian Male), the only heron that surpasses the Great Blue in size is the Goliath Heron found in Africa and Southern Asia. Females are slightly smaller in stature. Although we call it the Great Blue, this heron is blue-grey in colour with white and black streaking on its head and down its front. Some Great Blue herons are all white and are commonly found in Florida.
The Great Blue Heron makes its habitat near the shores of open water and wetlands. This bird is extremely adaptable and can be found anywhere that there are fish to eat. Although they can generally be seen slowly wading through the shallows or standing statuesque stalking their prey of fish and smaller aquatic animals, they have also been seen snatching up the occasional mouse or small gopher from agricultural fields. Availability defines the heron’s diet.
When breeding Great Blue herons come together in colonies or ‘heronries’. Both the male and female of the species will help incubate the eggs and feed the young. Their nests can be found off the ground in trees or bushes or on smaller isolated islands to avoid predators.
With their long slow wing beats the Great Blue Heron soared into the spot of this Fridays Feathered Friend.
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