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Great Blue Heron. Ardea herodias.
Living by protected wetlands has many advantages and a few disadvantages. Sometimes coyote, snakes, skunks and mink in the backyard are cause for concern for my little dog, but the benefits outweigh those worries. The lakes and wetlands behind us are home to so many wonderful creatures. Many times while I am out walking my pup, I will see such beauty and will hurry home, grab my camera and hope it will still be there when I run back.
On this day, I was lucky this Heron had not moved far. In fact, at one point I chuckled to myself, that the bird and I were both standing so still waiting for our prey to make a move. I wanted to get an action shot, while he was trying to grab lunch! They famously wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Then with lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head they stab with their strong bills. Their very slow wing beats, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight.
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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July 5th, 2019
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