The Great Blue Heron is a wading bird that has a long neck and long thin legs. It stands about four feet tall. Its body and wings are mainly gray or bluish-gray. Its head has a black cap with a white streak on top. Its face is white, and it has yellow eyes. The Great Blue Heron's bill is gray on top and yellow on the bottom. It is long and pointed, making it very useful for spearing and catching fish. This bird's neck is white in the front and has delicate dark markings. The Great Blue could very well have been named the "Great Gray Heron" as its main color is closer to gray than blue.
This is the largest of the herons. It is often found alone but sometimes can be seen in a group with various other herons. The Great Blue Heron stands with its head held high in a dignified pose. It often stands near the shoreline or wades in shallow water. When it is disturbed, it squawks loudly and flies away with its neck tucked in an S shape and its long legs stretched out behind it.
Adult Great Blue Heron with breeding plumage
Adolescent Great Blue Heron with rust colored
thighs and shoulders
The photos on this page were taken at Howard Park
in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
All photos on this website by J.A. Heintz
All written material by D.C. Heintz
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