Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Great Blue Heron

Photographed at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando Florida.

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The largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs),flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow.

Research from Wikipedia.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


KaHolly said...

What a beauty! And such a good shot, too. My experience is that they don't usually let you get too close.

Leeloo said...

This is a great picture of the bird! Looks like he spotted you :) How close were you?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful picture.Hope your day is going well.

ramblingwoods said...

We have great blue and green herons visit our pond. When they both fly in there is a 'bark off' to see who stays..Last summer a wading blue was grabbed by a snapping turtle has we have many and a few large ones...I was concerned that I would have to rescue the bird....Michelle

Visit the Heron grabbed by snapping turtle

The Muse said...

The Muse
~Butterfly Kisses~

Are these the ones that gobble fish with their heads held up???

Gaelyn said...

Wow Craig, this is an excellent capture, shows the plumage so clearly. Nice to have a new camera.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craig: This is my favorite big bird, thanks for getting this neat capture.