A call is made to their pond guy and that is when they first start to hear about the Great Blue Heron. At that point is when customer pond vigilance against the heron usually begins. And it should, because if the heron knows that a quick meal can be had at your pond (aka the Great Blue Sushi Bar) they will come back, and that is when a pond owner will first see this long-legged bird hanging.
The great blue heron is the largest heron species in North America. It is a large, slate-gray bird with white and black accents on the head and neck. Male and female blue herons look identical from a distance and are usually indistinguishable unless seen in a breeding pair. However, when viewed up close or examined in pairs, there are some significant and interesting gender differences.
The great blue heron is the largest and most common heron in North America. Standing at up to 4-feet tall and with a wingspan of over five feet, these long-limbed birds are easily recognized by their blue- grey color and slow, deliberate wing beats with which they navigate the sky. While the great blue can be found year round in the Bay Area, they arrive at Heron Island in January to prepare.
Male great blue herons begin the nesting process by performing an elaborate courtship that involves stretching their necks straight up to show off their plumes, creating a deep and soft “cooing” sound, and snapping their beaks together quickly. After mating, the male heron will begin to construct their nest from twigs, leaves and other foliage. The female heron will lay between 3 to 5 eggs.
Although the Great Blue Heron is by nature a predominantly solitary bird, during mating season, Herons will gather in clusters to nest and raise young in what are called colonies. It is quite remarkable to witness the peace and harmony that abounds in these colonies, and is a testimony to the ability of a highly independent creature to adapt to communal life.
Great Blue Heron. Common around areas of water where they will stand still and fish. Largest heron. This species usually breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes or other wetlands, often with other species of herons. It builds a bulky stick nest. The female lays 3 to 5 pale blue eggs. Both parents feed the young at the nest by regurgitating food. It feeds in shallow water or at the water's.
The great blue heron hunts for food on land as well as in water. Like all herons, it mainly eats fish. The heron stands at the water’s edge or walks slowly and quietly, ready to snatch any fish that swims past. Its diet also includes rodents, lizards, and even snakes. The great blue heron may toss its prey in the air before gulping it down. Quiz. Test your knowledge of birds. Animals and.
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