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Juvenile Great Blue Heron sitting in the nest – Venice Rookery, Florida

October 4, 2013

Juvenile Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) waiting in the nest for next meal to be brought by the parents. I photographed this youngster at Venice Rookery, Florida.

Florida Bird Photography Juvenile Great Blue Heron sitting in the nest at Venice Rookery Canon EOS 7D 500MM f/4 IS 1.4x teleconverter

Photograph captured with a Canon 7D camera and 500mm f/4 lens + 1.4xextender II – for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image

Interesting fact:

– Thanks to specially shaped neck vertebrae, Great Blue Herons can curl their neck into an S shape for a more aerodynamic flight profile and to quickly strike prey at a distance.

– Great Blue Herons have specialized feathers on their chest that continually grow and fray. The herons comb this “powder down” with a fringed claw on their middle toes, using the down like a washcloth to remove fish slime and other oils from their feathers as they preen. Applying the powder to their underparts protects their feathers against the slime and oils of swamps.

– Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision.

– Despite their impressive size, Great Blue Herons weigh only 5 to 6 pounds thanks in part to their hollow bones—a feature all birds share. – source Cornell Labs

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  1. October 6, 2013 11:46 am

    Terrific photograph of the young Great Blue Heron sitting in the nest! I enjoyed reading the interesting facts, as I did not know about their “powder down”.

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