The great blue heron is a tall, bluish-gray wading bird with a long, pointed bill and a graceful, S-shaped neck. It lives year-round in marshes and wetlands throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. It lives in marshes and wetlands along the Bay and its creeks and rivers, and is also found on freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and impoundments.
Great blue herons eat mostly fish, but will also feed on insects, amphibians, crustaceans and other small animals. It silently stalks its prey in shallow waters, then plunges its bill into the water to capture it. A great blue heron spends about 90 percent of its waking hours hunting for food.
Learn more by visiting the Chesapeake Bay Field Guide at chesapeakebay.net/fieldguide/critter/great_blue_heron
Produced by Steve Droter
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