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Gentle liftoff

Some birds seem to explode out of the water when they are taking off, but Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) often seem to gently lift off with almost no splash at all. 147 more words

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Great Blue Quietude

Great Blue Herons along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida.



A Great Blue Heron stands atop a downed utility pole. This was taken shortly after Hurricane Matthew but the storm may not have been the cause of the toppled pole, which was a bit of a mystery. 23 more words

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Not sharing

I never get tired of watching the Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) at Huntley Meadows Park. Quite often they ignore me and focus intently on catching a fish. 91 more words

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Flying fish

At first glance I thought that this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was getting ready to swallow a flying bird, but then I realized it was “only” a small, freshly caught fish that the heron had tossed into the air last week at… 16 more words

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Heron manicure

I am not sure what this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was doing when I spotted it this past weekend at Huntley Meadows Park… 16 more words

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Silver Lining to Low Water Levels

The low water level of most small ponds and streams this fall has at least one silver lining, and that is that consumers of fish and other aquatic creatures expend far less energy finding prey, for it is all concentrated in much smaller bodies of water. 163 more words

Heron in the morning fog

Fog hung over the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park early Friday morning, making the walk on the boardwalk a little eerie. When a spooked Great Blue Heron ( 66 more words

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