Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. It is a large bird, with a slate-gray body, chestnut and black accents, and very long legs and an “S”-shaped neck. Great Blue Herons are very tall and stand 3 to 5 feet tall.
 Great Blue Herons eat nearly anything within striking distance, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects, and other birds. They grab smaller prey in their strong mandibles or use their dagger-like bills to impale larger fish, often shaking them to break or relax the sharp spines before gulping them down.
A friend was taking photographs of a little bunny. She was all set up with her tripod when a nearby blue heron grabbed the bunny and swallowed it. She was not very happy.

Great blues perform elaborate courtship and pair-bonding displays that include a ritualized greeting, stick transfers, and nest relief ceremony in which the birds erect their plumes and “clapper” their bill tips. Pairs are mostly monogamous during a season, but they choose new partners each year.