September 15, 2016

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron bird
"Great Blue Heron", acrylic paint on recycled paper, 6" x 6".

I'll often spot one of these birds when I'm out by the lake. They stand so still that they are barely noticeable, even though they are huge birds. If you are patient and watch for a while, you may get to see the heron strike into the water suddenly with its sharp beak and snake-like neck. They fish this way and eat any sort of aquatic prey.
The Great Blue Heron lives in both freshwater and saltwater wetlands in most parts of North America . It's sheer size is incredible; its' wing tip to wing tip measurement can be six and a half feet, making it the biggest heron in North America.

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