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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias


The largest of North American herons, with a height of over a metre, and a wing-span of about 2 metres. Subtly blue-grayish feathers. Males and females look pretty similar. Has a harsh, croaking voice.


Common throughout North America, and even Galapagos. This one was spotted in Toronto, sitting on top of some ice in the Humber River.


Although I've been lucky to see these big, beautiful birds on many occasions, I've never been able to see one up close. They are easily spooked, and take off rather quickly (and majestically).

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Feb 11, 2013
Submitted on Feb 11, 2013

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