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You've got to be quiet and patient to be a good fisherman, and that definitely describes the Great Blue Heron! I watched this beauty from the other shore and tried to be as still and quiet as he was!
Great Blues are the largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill. Their yellow eyes give them a stern look. In flight, they curl their neck into a tight “S” shape, with their legs trailing well beyond the tail. The long wingspan and slow wingbeat make this an easy to identify bird in flight.
Hunting Great Blue Herons wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. They actually startle me when they do strike at a fish below with lightning-fast thrust of their neck and head as they stab with their strong bills.
The great blue heron is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. Luckily, this one seems to call Columbus, Ohio home!
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