Great Blue Herons are fairly commonly seen here in The Villages, Florida on our various ponds, freshwater marshes, and lakes.
These birds wade in the shallows to spear fish, frogs, small turtles, aquatic snails, larger aquatic insects and worms and the occasional duckling or even baby alligator for tasty meal. The Great Blue Herons most often hunt early in the morning and late in the afternoon until it is too dark for them to find prey.
The Great Blue Heron usually nests in sturdy tall trees but as seen in the picture here, sometimes the herons will create a nest in a swamp or marsh, where they are protected by alligators and the water itself. The photo of the nesting Great Blue Heron includes a fuzzy taupe-colored very small chick next to the parent’s bill. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!