While fishing at the lake near Boyle, Alberta we came across this magnificent Blue Heron. He did not quite have all his adult markings and featherings but was beautiful to watch. It was thrilling to see him take off in a flurry of blue color as he realized the boat was too close for comfort..
Large, gray bird.
Long, “S”-shaped neck.
Long, thick bill.
White crown stripe.
Black plume extending from behind eye to off the back of the neck.