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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

General Description: Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) are large, blue-gray herons. The head is white, the crown is black, and the bill is yellow.

Taxonomy: Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae

Favored Habitat: Around Las Vegas, marshes and ponds.

Great Blue Heron on the coast of western Washington.

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park), the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and Boulder Beach Marina at Lake Mead NRA. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley or the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Great Blue Herons feed in the water for fish and bugs; they also forage on land for mice, lizards, and anything else they can catch.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) If you were a tasty fish or this little turtle, this might be the last face you ever see!
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GBH takes flight with neck and legs stretched out, ...
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
... but then pulls the neck in during level flight
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Two Great Blue Herons dancing with wings held out in territorial boundary-defense behavior
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Hopeful monster
Great Blue Heron on the coast of western Washington. Great Blue Heron on the coast of western Washington.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron in flight; note folded neck and broad wings
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron hunting in shallow water.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Success! Great Blue Heron catches (and later eats) a fish.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron catches a little turtle
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron trying to swallow little turtle
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron trying to swallow little turtle
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron trying to swallow little turtle
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron swallowing little turtle
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron with little turtle in its throat
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Sunning
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Sunning
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Sunning
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Sunning
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Great Blue Heron in the Galapagos Islands
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron in the Galapagos Islands
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Ding Darling NWR, Florida
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron nest with fledgelings; Dunedin, Florida
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
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Great Blue Heron sunning; Everglades, Florida
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron sunning; Everglades, Florida
Great Blue Heron more to come ...
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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