The largest of the Herons in North America, and a majestic sight to see, is the Great Blue Heron. Standing up to 4.5 feet tall, this stately bird’s body is covered with a slate blue-gray plumage with chestnut and black accents.
If you’ve ever seen a Great Blue Heron fly, you know they are quite impressive. They have up to a 6.5 foot wing-span; hold their necks in an S-shape and have their long legs streaming out behind them, well past their tails, while cruising at approximately 25 mph.
Great Blue Herons are waders, typically seen along shorelines of both fresh and salt water lakes, ponds, marshes or streams.
They hunt, during the day and at night, by standing absolutely still for long periods of time waiting for some prey to come by. They have even been seen tossing seeds or fruit into the water to attract fish. Then with a lightning-fast lunge, they stab the prey with their bills and swallow it whole.
Great Blue Herons are not picky and will eat whatever they can catch i...