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Great Blue Herons

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Great Blue Herons are pretty commonly seen in my area of Central Florida around ponds, lakes, canals, and marshes.  I live in Lake County, Florida near many small lakes and ponds.  It took me aback at first to see wading birds up near neighborhoods, and shopping areas here.  I snapped one of these pictures at a small pond adjacent to a restaurant parking area on Highway 466 near The Villages, (In the area of Walmart) and took the rest of the photographs last evening at Lake Paradise, a small neighborhood park lake in The Villages.

The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird that mostly eats fish, frogs, small turtles, rodents, ducklings, duck and goose eggs, and larger insects.  It wades in the shallow water or strolls along lawns to hunt.  I have often seen the Great Blue Herons just perched on small fishing docks resting.  The Great Blue Herons mostly roost in large stick nests in huge evergreen trees. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!  P.S. More and different ducks are arriving here.  I recently saw a flock of Hooded Mergansers here on my neighborhood lake, and also a Lesser Scaup.  Pictures will be posted soon. Wildlifewatcher

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Comments on: "Great Blue Herons" (6)

  1. love these beautiful stalking fishers. 🙂

  2. It seems so strange to see that one standing under that structure. I’m used to them only in wild conditions. I suppose they adapt though.

    • Hi Montucky, We have big wading birds all over the place here in the area I now live in. Last Summer my hubby and I moved slightly S.E. about 35 miles and now live in a very suburban-like area with many preserves, lakes, parks, and ponds. I have seen Wood Storks in home backyards lake front, have seen many wading birds on docks and even Ibises and Sandhill Cranes up close near homes. Very peculiar but yes, wildlife adapts. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

  3. My hubby and I both love to watch the GB herons. They are awesome hunters. Great shots, enjoy your week ahead!

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