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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

    

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 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).

Adult herons, due to their size, have few natural predators, but can be taken by bald eagles, great horned owls and, less frequently, red-tailed hawks.

    

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blue_Heron

    

Taken in Maplewood Flats - North Vancouver BC Canada.

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Taken on May 12, 2012