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Both Great Blue Heron parents arrived to feed their young. The babies were yapping up a storm and all of a sudden both parents appeared from different directions.

The Great Blue Heron is also referred to as a Crane or a Blue Crane. It maintains a year round population in most of the United States as well as up the western coast of Canada. In southern Canada and some northern parts of the United States, it will migrate south during the winter, down into Central America.

The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America. It has an amazing wingspan of 77-82 inches and can stand up to 52 inches tall. The most unique feature of this heron is it’s S-shaped neck. The heron folds its neck into this shape when it flies. This is typical of other types of herons as well. This heron has a long yellowish beak (which turns orange colored during the breeding season), a white neck, a blue-gray body and a short grayish tail. It’s large wings are gray-black with white patches on the tops. It has a red-brown patch right above it’s long legs, which are blackish, becoming orangish during the breeding season.

In flight, the Great Blue Heron lets its long legs trail behind its body. When not flying, it’s legs are together. They can stand for long periods of time, waiting patiently in the water for fish. These birds are also known to feast on insects, reptiles, amphibians and small birds. It can also feed in deeper waters, but often feeds in shallow waters during the dusk or dawn hours. It also uses it’s long legs for walking slowly through the water or other marshy, grassy areas.

The Great Blue Heron is a monogamous bird. They build their nests 20-60 feet above the ground. In the northern areas, birds have 1 brood per year, and in the southern areas they can have 2. They have 2-7 eggs per brood. Babies remain in the nest for almost 30 months.

Photographed at Fenwick Island Delaware

Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens

No software added!


Watching his young from the pine tree


Grabbing dinner for her babies


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  • manohova
    manohovaover 4 years ago

    awww nice family great work as usual Monte

  • Thank you

    – Monte Morton

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture, Monte!

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • Melinda Stewart Page
    Melinda Stewar...over 4 years ago

    Monte, Wow!
    What a shot! We have these Great Blue Herons all over the place here in Ky. where we live. I see them all the time since I live right on Rough River, but I have still not been able get a good photo of any of them, and I have tried. You have not only managed to capture this one along with other great shots but you hit the mother load with the whole family. What a treat this photo is.

  • I appreciate that Melinda, thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    magnificent capture! love this!!

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Monte!

  • Thanks Phillip, always nice to get your comments

    – Monte Morton

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Monte! It’s hard to believe the young survive in a nest so open to the elements…

  • Thank you Maree

    – Monte Morton

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Monte .
    Nicely done

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • SchwartingSue
    SchwartingSueover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture!

  • Thanks Susan

    – Monte Morton

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    That’s beautiful, Monte! Well caught!

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture!! I admire your patience – well done!!

  • Thank you Kate. Your right, a lot of patience needed.

    – Monte Morton

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