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Great Blue Heron — Water Connection

Though small reptiles, rodents, mammals and insects are included in its diet, the Great Blue Heron is well-adapted for fishing and pursuing other prey in the water.

• The Great Blue Heron’s long legs allow it to hunt in deeper water than many other wading birds.

• When foraging in streams and rivers, a Great Blue Heron usually will stand or walk against the current. Most fish are likewise aligned as they forage, so the heron approaches its unsuspecting prey from the rear.

• In still waters, a Great Blue Heron may rouse its prey by stretching a wing and flicking its wingtip rapidly in the water. The heron also may stir up the water with its foot.         next page >>

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao