Bird of the Week – Great Blue Heron


The Great Blue Heron is visual evidence that birds did indeed evolve from dinosaurs; when you see a Great Blue in flight, you can almost think you are seeing a pterodactyl.

Great Blue Heron, Juneau

Great Blue Heron, Juneau

Great Blues are found in Alaska throughout Southeast and in Southcentral Alaska as far west as Seward. There are irregular reports from Cook Inlet.

Great Blue with a snack, Cordova

Great Blue with a snack, Cordova

While Great Blues are equally at home in marine and freshwater environments, in Alaska they are mostly marine and estuarine.

Great Blue fishing the shoreline, Valdez

Great Blue fishing the shoreline, Valdez

Although this is primarily a fish eater, wading (often belly deep) along the shoreline of oceans, marshes, lakes, and rivers, it also hunts upland areas for rodents and other animals, especially in winter. It has been known to eat most animals that come within striking range.  You would be amazed at the size of prey a Great Blue can get down its throat.

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