July 5, 2021
- as seen by -Amanda Socorro
It was late afternoon in Tarrytown, New York, and the lake had a beautiful gold reflection. I spotted a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) just as it was taking off with a freshly caught fish and snapped this photograph. Despite the size of this bird , it ran gracefully across the water.
Great blue herons are tall, about four feet in height, and can be found in freshwater and saltwater habitats including shorelines, river banks, marsh edges, lakes, and ponds across much of the United States.
The heron in the photo shows immature plumage – blue-gray in color with dark streaking and brownish feathers throughout. As an adult, this wading bird’s bill will turn an orangish-yellow and plumes of black will display on its crown and head.