Monday, May 20, 2019

GREAT BLUE HERON

I shared a few photos of a Great Blue Heron in my last post from Huntley Meadows Park.  On our way out we came across another fishing.  He was very interesting to watch.
 Great Blue Herons have a six-foot wingspan when seen in flight.
Both parents take turns incubating the eggs for 4 weeks. 
Not all Great Blue Herons nest in trees.  Some are ground nesters, and will use grasses to build their nests instead of sticks.  
They lay about 6 to 8 eggs per season, but only 1 or 2 will survive.   
 The young can first fly at about 60 days old.
 A heron will typically live for about 15 years.
 The oldest recorded heron lived to be 24 years old.
 They spend 90% of their waking hours stalking for food.
 I found all my information, and much more, at this website.  Also, if you click on the label 'Huntley Meadows Park_Alexandria' below this post, it will take you to other visits we have made.
 It doesn't look like he had any luck this time and he walked over to the next fishing hole.