Great Blue Heron – (Ardea Herodias)
I saw this Great Blue Heron while I was walking along the John Yarbrough Ten Mile Canal in Ft. Myers. It’s not easy to get close to these wading birds and they often fly away before you can take a picture. These birds have blue-gray plumage, long legs and a long sharp bill. They stand still or walk slowly along streams, ponds or other fresh and salt water areas looking for small fish to eat. It strikes quickly with its sharp bill. I think this Heron let me get close because the fishing and prey were too good to give up along the canal which has plenty of small fish especially when the water level rises. The Great Blue Herons grow to 4 to 5 feet tall and have impressive wingspans of 6 to 7 feet. Their diet also includes mice, insects and other small creatures. The Audubon Society has some good information about the Great Blue heron on their website. A good place to see and learn more about where to view birds in Florida is the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
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