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