Though small reptiles, rodents, mammals and insects are included in its diet, the Great Blue Heron is well-adapted for fishing and pursuing other prey in the water.
• The Great Blue Heron’s long legs allow it to hunt in deeper water than many other wading birds.
• When foraging in streams and rivers, a Great Blue Heron usually will stand or walk against the current. Most fish are likewise aligned as they forage, so the heron approaches its unsuspecting prey from the rear.
• In still waters, a Great Blue Heron may rouse its prey by stretching a wing and flicking its wingtip rapidly in the water. The heron also may stir up the water with its foot. next page >>