Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 21

With its huge wings and deep wingbeats this bird is a magestic sight to behold no matter how many times you have encountered them.

They may seem slow, but they can move their heads especially at super speeds when it comes to food. Their prey encompasses a wide range of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mamals, insects and other birds!

They can grab or implae large fish with their dagger like mandibles (beaks).

You may think these birds are on the heavy size judgin by their size but thanks to their hollows bones they actually only weight in the region of 5-6pounds. They would definetly be dragged down if they were carrying 8 an pound baby then..

The Great Blue Heron mainy nests in trees, but they can be found nesting on the ground or in bushes too. The male will collect most of the nest material. He presents this material to his female partned who weaves the intricate nest.

Theses nest can take anything from three days to two weeks to build and can be between 20 inches across or even bigger at 4feet!

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