The Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, is a tall, majestic wading bird
found in marshes,
and coastal waters across most of North America.
The Great Blue Heron is one of the most recognizable birds on the continent. It stands 42-52 in/105-130 cm tall and has a wing span of over 6 ft/1.8 m. With its orange/yellow bill, black stripe above the eye and a dazzling gray-blue plumage it is unmistakable.
The Great Blue Heron stands patiently in the water, waiting and watching for passing
fish, crabs or frogs.
It catches or stabs its prey with is dagger-like bill and then swallows it.
The Great Blue Heron is monogamous. It builds a nest of twigs and sticks, high in a tree. The colony, or heronry, can be quite noisy and very smelly!