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Great Blue Heron

This juvenile has snapped up a Blue-eyed Darner, and yes

you guessed correctly, the bird is going to try it for taste.

I guess it liked the darner for I was able to watch the dispatch, munch, orient, gulp, swallow, etc. All that took some time, and allowed for lots of close range shots.

 

Taking those observations for evidence, its fair to conclude

the big bird was pleased, or at least content, with luncheon.

 

You can tell the heron is immature because of the gray head,

whitish face and new, fresh looking beak, lack of plumes, etc.

Adults have white heads and faces, bold black streak from eye to nape and then on to long plumes, black streaked fore neck dark hanging shaggy plumes.

 

Habitat: wetlands, ponds, marshes along northwest Pacific Coast, southern Canada, USA and Mexico. Patient and successful hunter - mainly small fish, but whatever. Majestic in flight - long purposeful wing strokes, always captivating to see. Population increasing.

 

Size: length 4', wingspan 6', weight 5 lb. Call: loud resounding croak, or crank. Nest: colonial nester, nest is mess of large branches and twigs 4' across; 1-2 broods, 3 eggs, both adults tend to incubation and nurturing. Incubation starts when an egg is laid, resulting in first egg hatching becoming dominating chick.

 

Click on image for larger size, and on the link below for the delightful Angelica Hale singing "Girl on Fire":

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5zExrvpblM

 

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Uploaded on November 16, 2018