Friday, August 23, 2013

Great Blue Heron

Herons and cranes are usually identified by their flight silhouettes. Cranes fly with their necks extended, while herons fly with their necks folded in an S-shape. As you can see in this photo taken in Dakota County, Minnesota, this rule is not invariable. Great Blue Herons, when they are landing, chasing other herons, fleeing from predators, or courting, often fly with extended necks. This heron was landing in a nearby marsh.

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