Saturday, March 29, 2014

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, like this one Erika and I encountered in Rockport Bay last February, were also heavily hunted for the millinery trade (see previous Snowy Egret post). But Great Blues are more widespread and have less specialized feeding behaviors than many of our other herons and egrets. Numbers were less impacted by the slaughter and many populations rebounded. "Nevertheless," write Vennesland and Butler (2011), "breeding colonies remain vulnerable to disturbance and habitat loss…"

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