"Great Blue Heron" Wildlife - Animals on Isabela Tip by MalenaN

   
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The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) can be seen on most big islands of the Galapagos (you can also see them in the West Indies and North- and Central America). The Great Blue Heron is a wader and when you see one it will probably be near shallow water, where they are often seen standing still waiting for prey. They feed on fish, crabs, young marine iguanas, lava lizards, small birds and insects.

With their tall legs and neck the Great Blue Heron looks majestic. The feathers are blue-grey and the head is white with a black strip. The beak is long, sharp and yellow. An adult Great Blue Heron can have a wingspan of over 2 metres and it can be over 1.30 metres tall. They are beautiful birds.

The first time I visited Galapagos Islands I saw Great Blue Herons on Floreana, Isla Isabela and on Isla Santa Cruz. The one on the photo is from Las Tintorers, just off Isla Isabela. Photo 3-5 is from another year and they are of a Great Blue Heron standing by the pier in Puerto Villamil.

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  • Updated Mar 7, 2015
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