Inflight Great Blue Heron
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This photo was taken while visiting Ocean Isle Beach, one of the southern outerbanks islands in North Carolina. The island is surrounded on the sound side by a large marsh area. There are trails through a part of the marsh and small fishing dock. She was coming in from across the sound to hopefully receive some fish from the friendly fishermen that day. I saw her coming over the trees toward us from the other side of the sound and it was an amazing site to see these large birds fly.
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 Gal�pagos Islands.
The Great Blue Heron can adapt to almost any wetland habitat in its range. They may be found in numbers in fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove swamps, flooded meadows, lake edges, or shorelines. They are quite adaptable and may be seen in heavily developed areas as long as they hold bodies of water bearing fish. Great Blue Herons rarely venture far from bodies of water but are occasionally seen flying over upland areas. They usually nest in trees or bushes near water's edge, often on island (which minimizes the potential for predation) or partially isolated spots. The call is a harsh croak.
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June 2nd, 2013
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