Another Great Blue Heron story

This post is about the strong personality of the amazing bird, The Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Herons are alone travelers, territorial, and are one of the largest herons in North America. You may see them less often than most birds, they are similar to raptors but unlike most raptors, they perch on logs, near grasslands, ponds, streams, and rivers. Fresh or saltwater, the love the water, where they can eat lots of fish. They don’t circle the skies watching and hunting (as hawks do). Living next to a some large ponds and next to a beautiful river, I see lots of herons and fish while on walks or bike rides. Great Blue Herons come out mostly in Spring or Summer and keep to themselves. Usually when the heron sees another heron perching or fishing, it settles in a different area or spot.


If you live next to an area with a lot of Great Blue Herons as I do, you will notice that they fish later in the day. When fishing they step into the water (instead of swimming), and tilt their heads to the side. They then reach their long neck and picks a fish from the water. 5 times out of 10, they will drop the fish accidentally. They hold the fish at the tip of their beak until it will squirm less and less, and gulps it down. After catching around ten fish, the leave the water and hides in the bushes until it is hungry again.


Most Great Blue Herons have two long black feathers at the back of their head and many white feathers on their chest. You will notice that it doesn’t look perfectly blue but greyish blue. They have large wings and when flying make their long necks into an S shape. They have long black legs to help when they are standing in the water fishing.



About faithelise

I love learning about species of birds and want to be an Ornathologist. Writing about birds is my passion and I love every part of it!
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