Great Blue Heron
Picture: © Marie Read
Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with
slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight.
This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often
stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep
with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great
Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a
gopher. In flight, look for this widespread heron's tucked-in
neck and long legs trailing out behind.