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Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is one of the most familiar wading birds in North America. It breeds across most of the United States and Canada and ranges southward well into Mexico. The species may also be found on the Galapagos Islands and in the Caribbean. The bird at right was at Port Aransas, Nueces Co., Texas, in December, 1994, and was photographed with a Canon T-90 and Sigma 500mm F/4.5 lens on Kodachrome 200 film.
The Great Blue Heron seen in flight on the right was on West Galveston Island, Galveston Co., Texas, in September, 1999, and was photographed with a Canon EOS 1N and EF 300mm F/2.8 L lens and 2X extender on Fuji Sensia.
The next 13 images were taken in November, 2005, in Venice, Sarasota Co., Florida at a nesting site of Great Blue Herons. The images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4 X extender.
The pair here took a break from their nest building activities to give me a nice pose.
The next two shots show some courtship posturing by a Great Blue Heron.
This shot was taken of a Great Blue Heron at Aransas N.W.R., Aransas Co., Texas, in November, 2006, with the same equipment as above.
The Great Blue Heron image here was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens as the bird flew along the edge of the Quintana Jetty in Brazoria Co., Texas, in December, 2006.
The Great Blue Heron shown here was at Lake Tohopekaliga, Osceola Co., Florida, in February, 2007. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens. Note the way the wind is blowing the feathers of the bird's neck, just below the head, into a "cobra-like" fan.
The next 9 images of Great Blue Herons were taken on a foggy morning in December, 2007, at Venice, Sarasota Co., Florida, with a Canon EOS 40D and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
 
The next two shots of a Great Blue Heron were taken at Bolivar Flats, Galveston Co., Texas, in November, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
 
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
"Great White Heron"
color form
near Sanibel Island,
Lee Co., Florida
20 January 2013
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
"Great White Heron"
color form
near Sanibel Island,
Lee Co., Florida
20 January 2013
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
near Sanibel Island,
Lee Co., Florida
20 January 2013
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
"Great White Heron"
color form
Ft. Myers, Lee Co., Florida
15 July 2014
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
San Carlos Bay,
Ft. Myers,
Lee Co., Florida
10 October 2014
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
possible Wurdemann's form
Ding Darling N.W.R.,
Sanibel Island,
Lee Co., Florida
10 October 2014
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
possible Wurdemann's form
Ding Darling N.W.R.,
Sanibel Island,
Lee Co., Florida
10 October 2014
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Belterra,
Hays Co., Texas
2 November 2015
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
FM 969 in east Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
7 December 2016
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Brazos Bend State Park,
Fort Bend Co., Texas
13 January 2017
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
close up of head
Texas City Dike,
Texas City,
Galveston Co., Texas
13 Jnauary 2017
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Wakulla Springs State Park,
Wakulla Co., Florida
20 February 2017
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
3 April 2017
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
6 April 2017