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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias


The Great Blue Heron is the largest in North American, and, among all extant herons, it is surpassed only by the Goliath Heron and the White-bellied Heron. It has head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm (36–54 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), a height of 115–138 cm (45–54 in), and a weight of 2.1–3.6 kg (4.6–7.9 lb). Notable features include slaty 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.


Found in wetland area, near corn fields.


This Great Blue Heron is spending his time in a wetland area very near a rookery.

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williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you so much Lisa, and Nexttogone for your wonderful comments.

LisaPowers 9 years ago

Gorgeous spotting!

nexttogone 9 years ago

I love the first shot.

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks so much Antonio

AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

awesome series Willie,as usual,congrats for your superb work for this project,thanks for sharing such amazing cap0tures

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you so very much Toshimi

ToshimiDowaki 9 years ago

Great spotting of The Great Blue Heron!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks Scott, and Maria

ScottHarte 9 years ago

Another great series, good lighting on the first shot

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

beautiful series!

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Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jul 27, 2012
Submitted on Jul 30, 2012

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