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22-OCT-2017 Vern Rogers (fotabug fotos)

The Great Blue Heron, a Wonder of Nature!

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

"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."

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Ruth Voorhis26-Oct-2017 13:14
Top clarity and color in this splendid capture, Vern! V
Liz Bickel25-Oct-2017 01:42
Beautiful light. Beautiful bird. Beautiful image.
John Ewing24-Oct-2017 11:58
Julie Oldfield24-Oct-2017 01:05
Excellent capture of this majestic bird. V
Yi Feng23-Oct-2017 23:20
Fantastic shot. Very sharp!
janescottcumming23-Oct-2017 22:30
A beautiful photo of this handsome guy. V
John Shen Photography23-Oct-2017 18:47
Ahhh.. fantastically captured & delightful to see!
Kuriacose Joseph23-Oct-2017 16:34
Great lighting for this picture. The picture is super sharp!
Tom Munson23-Oct-2017 16:23
Great light, sharp and nicely framed.
parrothouse23-Oct-2017 16:21
Very nice light in this shot!
Richard Glenn23-Oct-2017 16:14
Beautiful capture, tack sharp. V
Walter Otto Koenig23-Oct-2017 15:21
Beautiful lighting on this heron. So well timed! "V"
danad23-Oct-2017 14:21
Beautiful shot ! Superb clarity, details, light and reflections. V.
Steve Thuman23-Oct-2017 12:52
Gorgeous bird in great light!
Blandine Mangin23-Oct-2017 10:57
beautiful capture ! v
Yvonne23-Oct-2017 10:03
A fabulous shot Vern... certainly is a graceful looking bird. v
Juliette23-Oct-2017 08:30
Bea.23-Oct-2017 07:22
Beautiful in that wonderful light, Mother Nature makes the best designs for her birds and animals.
Bryan Murahashi23-Oct-2017 04:51
Very nice light and capture.
Paul Milholland23-Oct-2017 04:41
Enjoyed the background info about these impressive-looking birds.
Laura Milholland23-Oct-2017 04:18
Super image, Vern, and lots of interesting info there!
joseantonio23-Oct-2017 03:51
thank you very much for this lovely image and your lesson about it.V
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