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The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to coastal Spain, the Azores, and areas of far southern Europe.


If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Great Blue Heron.Great Blue Herons typically nest in colonies, called heronries.


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Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher.


Great blue herons are waders, typically seen along coastlines, in marshes, or near the shores of ponds or streams. They are expert fishers. Herons snare their aquatic prey by walking slowly, or ...


The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) rookeries at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA) are teeming with activity. In one ponderosa pine alone I can count a minimum of fifteen nests. Females are incubating eggs in some of the nests and some nests contain chicks that are already well-developed - and chicks at intermediate stages of growth…


Of course this is the great blue heron (Ardea herodias), the largest of heron-kind in North America – and it's a formidable shoreline predator.Standing at over a metre (more than three feet ...


Baby Green Heron Solitaire. Baby green heron standing on a branch beside it's nest. Shot at Ambleside beach, West Vancouver, BC Canada Baby Heron hunting for food. This Baby Heron was hunting for food in the pond on a hike in the woods Baby Blue Heron. Close up shot of baby blue Heron standing on the dock by the lake.