Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) can be seen in many of our wetlands and in our neighborhoods usually wading for food in shallow water. The body is blue/gray in color and has a wing span of up to 72 inches. You can tell the difference between the Egret and a Heron by the Heron’s larger size, larger bill and yellow-gray legs. The pictures of these two Herons were taken at a local fresh water pond and along the salt water coastline of the Sanibel Causeway. The Great Blue Herons are beautiful birds when standing still or wading in the water and even prettier to look at when they take flight. The All About Birds website has great information in learning about and identifying birds.
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