Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”  Length 46″, wingspan 72″ and weight 5.3 lbs. I think of herons eating primarily fish and an occasional frog but this one found a snake.  It took a little while for him to get the snake lined up to swallow but he eventually got it down.  It occurs to me that a glass of wine might have made it easier.  Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Preserve near Vancouver, WA. 3/04/2011

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