Photo by Lisa Thompson
September 13, 2005
Ketchikan Airport's float plane dock.
During the mating season, two feathers on the bird's head become long and thread-like. The great blue heron's eggs are generally light blue in color.
The clutch size is three to seven eggs which are laid during March and April. Eggs hatch after about 28 days, and both parents care for the chicks.
Their primary diet is small fish, which they swallow head first. They also known to eat frogs, lizards, snakes, crawfish, small birds, rodents, and insects.
The great blue heron can be found in Alaska, Quebec, and Nova Scotia south to Mexico and West Indies.
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