I am in awe of the wonderful Great Blue Heron. The more I learn about them, the more I see the wisdom involved in their design and capabilities. Now, where did they get that wisdom? Good question that deserves an answer!
Below you will find some interesting facts about the Great Blue Heron, gathered from the "American Expedition" website https://americanexpedition.us/learn-about-wildlife/great-blue-heron-facts-info-and-pictures/#facts)
"Great blue herons are remarkably adaptable birds, capable of living in almost any wetland environment found in their range. They can be found in mangrove swamps, flooded meadows, lake edges, riverbanks, ocean shorelines, and fresh & saltwater marshes. They are shy birds, but may be found in heavily developed areas which hold bodies of water containing fish".
"•The feathers on the chest of the great blue heron are highly specialized and will continually grow and fray, kind of like a powdery down.
•Herons will use their chest feathers to remove slime and oils from their other feathers as they preen.
•Great blue herons near the ocean will often sit on floating kelp and plant materials and wait for fish to float by.
•There is a form of great blue heron in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Yucatan Peninsula that is solid white, known as the 'Great White Heron'. White herons and blue herons may interbreed, and the offspring are known as "Wurdemann's herons'.
•Some herons are migratory, and will travel day and night while migrating.
•Great blue herons will hunt both during the day and the night. They have specially adapted eyes which help them to see in the dark.
•A heron will typically live for around 15 years.
•The oldest recorded great blue heron lived to be 24 yars old."