The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a beautiful and majestic bird. We are blessed here in SE Florida to have easy access nature preserves to watch the behavior of these birds.
They are typical of the wetlands we have here in Florida and easily find the fish they eat at Wakodahatchee. Herons also may eat insects and shell fish, if available.
They have been nest building for some time and can often be seen with rather large branches in their beaks. Like the Anhingas we talked about in the last post, the Great Blues regurgitate food for their young.
The adults are among the largest herons in the world and have few natural predators – with the exception of eagles and certain owls and hawks.