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This Great Blue Heron I saw in Bonsa Chica. It was very payful bird. The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores and England. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and south Florida was once known as a separate species, the Great White Heron.It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36–55 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs). Notable features include slaty flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow. The heron stride is around 22 cm (9 in), almost in a straight line. Two of the three front toes are generally closer together. In a track the front toes as well as the back often show the small talons.The subspecies differ only slightly in size and plumage tone, with the exception of subspecies occidentalis, which as well as normal colored birds, also has a distinct white morph, known as the Great White Heron (not to be confused with the Great Egret, for which “Great White Heron” was once a common name). It is found only in south Florida and some parts of the Caribbean. The Great White Heron differs from other Great Blues in bill morphology, head plume length, and in having a total lack of pigment in its plumage. This is mainly found near salt water, and was long thought to be a separate species. Birds intermediate between the normal morph and the white morph are known as Würdemann’s Heron; these birds resemble a “normal” Great Blue with a white head.

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Meeli Loite Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Los Angeles county, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants, where she sees it. Its need good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • CanyonWind
  • wow, this was fast

    – loiteke

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 3 years ago

    Thanks so so much

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    What a beauty. Congratulations on your well deserved feature. :o)

  • Thanks so much for the comment and support. I am proud to have you as my friend.

    – loiteke

  • rosalin
    rosalinover 3 years ago

    GORGEOUS WORK

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    – loiteke

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thanks so much for the comment and support. I am proud to have you as my friend.

    – loiteke

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Meeli

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 3 years ago

    Lovely image Meeli! Congrats on your feature :)

  • Thanks so much for the comment and support. I am proud to have you as my friend.

    – loiteke

  • Katy Breen
    Katy Breenover 2 years ago

    Such a lovely capture of this Blue Heron!! Superb work Meeli.

  • Thanks so much for the comment and support. I am proud to have you as my friend.

    – loiteke

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 1 year ago

    gorgeous capture♥

  • Thanks so much for comment

    – loiteke

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 1 year ago

    simply amazing frame ~ impressive reflection, so wonderful in detail and light, can’t wait to see the “big blues” here again come Spring xx

  • Thanks Linda, you are sweet

    – loiteke

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