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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Very similar to the Old World’s Grey Heron, the Great Blue Heron stands as tall as 54 inches and is the largest North American heron. These birds are prototypical ambush hunter; standing silently waiting for prey to come within sriking range, then reaching out at lighting speed to capture its prey.

Contrast this style to an active hunter such as the Snowy Egret, who uses quick movements to frighten prey into view, then chasing down its prey. I compare my preferred method of photography to these birds, and I tell people “I’m more Great Blue Heron than the Snowy Egret.”

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