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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Description:

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).[4][5][6] 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.

Habitat:

Mangrove swamp.

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6 Comments

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Thank you gatorfellows and birdlady6000

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 8 years ago

Nice shot Luis!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

EnvUnlimited is correct. The brown color you see on the wing is probably a loss of feathers. The great blues here are showing the same loss.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

You are right EnvUnlimited. Thank you for the correct ID and the link.
Thank you gatorfellows and Seema for your comments.

Seema
Seema 8 years ago

lovely...........

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Great spot. :)

LuisStevens
Spotted by
LuisStevens

Nayarit, Mexico

Spotted on Dec 26, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2013

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