The Great Blue Herons of Southern Florida.
The Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Blue-listed species are considered vulnerable because they have characteristics that make them particularly sensitive to human activities or natural events. At a Glance The Great Blue Heron is a very large bird, growing to over one metre in height. It has blue-grey body feathers, a white head, a yellow bill and a black stripe above each eye. Adults have a.
Tag Archives: Great Blue Herons New Experiences, Photos, Troy's Blog, wildlife. Returning to the Rookery. April 21, 2019 Troy. This past winter I was talking to some photographers who mentioned a Great Blue Heron rookery (nesting site) relatively close to me and that no matter what the weather, herons begin to return in March. One nice early spring day, the first day of spring in fact, I took.
The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America. It stands three to four feet tall and has a wingspan of almost six feet. It has blue-gray feathers on most of its body and a plume of feathers on its chest and back. It has a long, pointed yellow bill and long legs. Adults have white on the top of their heads and long black plumes above their eyes.
In flight, a Great Blue Heron typically holds its head in toward its body with its neck bent. Habitat. Adaptable and widespread, the Great Blue Heron is found in a wide variety of habitats. When feeding, it is usually seen in slow-moving or calm salt, fresh, or brackish water. Great Blue Herons inhabit sheltered, shallow bays and inlets, sloughs, marshes, wet meadows, shores of lakes, and.
Great Blue Herons, named for their bluish-gray color, are about 38-52 inches long with wingspans of up to seven feet. Their long necks pull back into an S-shape when in flight, and also when waiting for lunch to swim, hop, or slither by. The “S” position allows the bird to strike quickly at its prey, which may consist of small fish like minnows, and other small creatures such as snakes.
Grey herons can be seen around any kind of water - garden ponds, lakes, rivers and even on estuaries. Sometimes, grey herons circle high up into the sky and can be mistaken for large birds of prey. Sometimes, grey herons circle high up into the sky and can be mistaken for large birds of prey.
The Great Blue Heron likes to roost and hunt along the coastline, estuaries, lakes, and ponds of most of the North American continent making this bird a pretty successful resident of all parts; living in tree top colonies raising 2-5 babies annually. The Great Blue Heron has also managed to find its way right into the backyards of some North American koi pond and water garden owners too.