Spotlight Species #6: Great blue heron

Spotlight Species #6:
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)

What to Look For:
Great blue herons are tall birds with long necks. They are typically a grayish-blue in color overall. They have a long orange-yellow bill and a black crown. Great blue herons have unique colorations. You might even recognize your local great blue from its markings.

Where to Find It:
Great blue herons are found on shorelines, riverbanks, and the edges of marshes, estuaries, and ponds. In the air, they have slow wing beats with a large wingspan.

Why It Is a Spotlight Species:
Great blue herons rely on our waterways for food. They fish in the shallows of rivers and marshes using their beak to spear or grab their prey. These birds rely on clean water along the Blue Trail to survive.

Posted by waccamaw_riverkeeper waccamaw_riverkeeper, April 08, 2021 13:52

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