Ardea herodias

Great blue herons hunt with their long, sword-like bill. Although they are best known for eating fish, this bird of prey will readily eat small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and other birds. Great blue herons stalk their prey through the shallows before thrusting their long necks forward to impale fish. Coastal areas and wetland are the preferred hunting grounds for the great blue heron.

   Great blue herons fly with their long neck folded back into an s-shape. Their call is an unusual croaking sound that has led some people to give them the nickname “gack-bird”.