Saturday, July 3, 2010

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron

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Did you know:

The primary food for Great Blue Heron is small fish, though it is also known to opportunistically feed on a wide range of shrimps, crabs, aquatic insects, rodents, other small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and small birds. Herons locate their food by sight and usually swallow it whole. Herons have been known to choke on prey that is too large.[9] It is generally a solitary feeder. Individuals usually forage while standing in water, but will also feed in fields or drop from the air, or a perch, into water. As large wading birds, Great Blue Herons are able to feed in deeper waters, and thus are able to harvest from niche areas not open to most other heron species.

It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge during both the night and the day, but especially around dawn and dusk. It uses its long legs to wade through shallow water, and spears fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill.

Did you know research from Wiki. Photo's taken at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs Florida.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Excellent pictures.They look so different,sitting in a tree than in the water.

Gaelyn said...

Wow, that Great Blue sure looks different than yesterdays heron.

Country Mouse Studio said...

We have them here and they help themselves to the goldfish in everyone's backyard ponds. You got some beautiful images.

Bird Girl said...

He looks like a handsome bearded fellow!

KaHolly said...

Amazing photos!! We have lots of Great Blues where I am, but they don't take too kindly to anyone who approaches with a camera!! ~karen

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

These are stunning shots Craig. They always look like they are hunched up agains the cold and the wind even though I know it must be darn hot there right now. :)