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Great blue heron

Ardea herodias


The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores, England and the Netherlands.


Stanley Park, Vancouver BC


We spotted this guy standing just a few feet away from a busy trail. It seemed completely unconcerned at our presence & I was able to get within 5 feet for my photos.

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KarenL 5 years ago

Thanks Gerry!

GerryBates 5 years ago

Beautifully captured!

KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks chebeague7!

chebeague7 6 years ago

great photos!

KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks Atul! I still can't believe it allowed me so close!

Atul 6 years ago

Cool pics Karen!

KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks Ava! For some reason the other photos I added have disappeared & I can't seem to add them again! Great link!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Lovely portrait! Audubon has a live web cam of a GBH incubating a pretty blue egg:

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Lat: 49.25, Long: -123.13

Spotted on Mar 28, 2012
Submitted on Mar 29, 2012


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