(Entry #11) The great blue heron, Ardea herodias. They are big blue birds with great long necks and great long beaks for catching fish. They are tall, and fly with their heads resting on their bodies. They live near water sources such as rivers and lakes. Around certain water sources they can be quite common.
I do not know what juveniles look like
Their beaks are designed for catching fish. Therefore, along with the frequently being found around water sources, I assume they eat fish. Also, I have observed, and even taken a picture of, one splashing the water with their beak, I believe what they do for hunting.
They are distinctive, but not as distinctive as you might think, due to their juveniles and their white morph. The juveniles, as mentioned before, are white, yet most likely smaller than great egrets, and they do not have the plumes. And the white morph, I believe that great egrets have a distinctive kink in their necks. I have no experience with great egrets or white great blue herons, juvenile or morph, though.
I have not heard them. In my experience, however, they are rather quiet.
They are not very often far from a water source. This is likely because that would mean they were far from a food source. Wouldn't it be interesting to see how they adapted in an area with no fish, if they were stranded? But nevermind that.
I like observing animals, especially birds. I also take care of the goats. I like goats.
My assistant photographer! She also takes care of African geese.
Another assistant photographer! She takes care of the rabbits, and the hutch is teeming with crawly things.