Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is a very large wading bird. They eat mainly fish. Do you think he might have a problem with this one?  He finally laid it on the beach but  kept going back to poke at it.We watched him for quite awhile. As we headed down river (St Johns River runs N) he had gone back to wading and the fish still lay there.

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He spent a lot of time grooming. I say “he” but I don’t know how to tell them apart. I really like this shot. The curve of it’s neck, feathers and body angle all seem to flow to his tail.

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They nest is the tops of trees. There can be several in the same tree. Look closely in this photo and you can see one on the nest, an empty nest and one landing or taking off.2.10.09 S of Lake Jessup to G109 034cs2

We are used to seeing Bald Eagles and Osprey nests. I’ve never seen two in the same tree. So,  it surprises us to see so many big birds in one tree top. A nesting area can be pretty noisy when the little ones are hungry.

These birds can stand 4 or 5 ft tall, maybe taller. We saw one a few years ago on Lake Griffin, FL that looked as tall as my husband and he’s 6 ft. Probably just our imagination, but that was a big bird.

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They have a big wingspan, looks like 6 ft on a large one , and are very graceful in flight.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like he bit off more than he could chew! I agree with you, the second photo is really beautiful. Good post!