Great Blue Heron [Ardea herodias] ~ #21

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron (& some Gulls) ~ Spanish Banks ~ April 4, 2015

The Great Blue Heron is a very striking bird, and pretty common in the Lower Mainland.  I’ve always loved this bird, love to watch it fly when it tucks in it’s neck like a “z” and that wing span is huge!   It was low tide that Saturday afternoon and there were at least 8 Herons out in the shallow water.  (It’s times like these I wish for a long lens … but I digress)

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron ~ April 4, 2015

In February the Herons start to arrive and set up their nesting area in Stanley Park, really close to the hustle and bustle of the city.  It’s actually home to North America’s largest Great Blue Heron Colony.  (Google “Stanley Park Herons” and there’s even a webcam set up).  Going to have to head down there in a week or two and see if any chicks are starting to appear.

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Great Blue Heron ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary ~ February 2015

The picture above is from a visit to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary a few months ago.  There was a little brush in the way but I do like the way his head feathers are a bit fluffy and the tuft is sticking out.

…and that concludes my observations from our short visit to the beach on Saturday.  Next stop for the Easter weekend will be Lillooet.


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