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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron
copyright Richard P. Dunbar
Length: 46 in. (117 cm)
Usually found near water, this heron also occasionally hunts for food in upland areas and fields. It eats mainly fish but also feeds on small birds, mammals and garbage. The large bulky nests are made of sticks and placed in small colonies in isolated trees. The four-digit banding code is GBHE.

Mudflat
Mudflat

Open water
Open water

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Urban city

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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