Reflection. I had to mix it up and start this page upside-down for fun.
Great Blue Herons are one of the largest
birds that frequent my yard.
They stand taller than many a toddler! They wade the shallow waters of
our wetlands, retention ponds and canal edges looking for creatures to
When you look at them from the side, these huge birds appear to have a
dark grey or black cap. If you get a view from the very top though, you can see
that white stripe that gives the top of their head that magic glow in
some of their pictures.
Preening is a daily chore, and it probably feels good to scratch the
occasional itch with that long beak.
Check out how flexible the neck is
on these birds! This great blue heron scratching its back reminds me of
the game Twister.
Great Blue Herons build really big nests. It's quite a feat of
construction. They bring the twigs and branches in one at a time.
When this bird tells fish tales to its friends, the fish really was
... and then down it went. Compare the usually slender and graceful neck
of the typical Great Blue Egret to that of this bird just after it
swallowed that fish!
I can't leave you with a fish story, so come see the great blue heron
pictures that wouldn't fit on this page. The next page includes a couple
of neat 'birds and the bees' picture, minus the bees.
I got a little bit carried away with these birds and ended up with all
of these pages about them: