Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Above: A Great Blue Heron roosting along the Patuxent River in Charles Co., Maryland (5/26/2008).
Below: A Great Blue Heron at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/22/2007).

Below: A Great Blue Heron hunts along a trail in the Everglades (2/26/2010).

A Great Blue Heron hunts along a trail in the Everglades (2/26/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Great Blue Heron chases off a Great Egret - Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/22/2011).

A Great Blue Heron chases off a Great Egret - Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/22/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Great Blue Heron prepares a catfish lunch. Sue Ricciardi pointed out that it typically takes catfish to the small island before swallowing them, while other species are simply tossed back. We theorized that killing the catfish on dry land reduces the risk of harm via the catfish's sharp fins.

A Great Blue Heron prepares a catfish lunch. Sue Ricciardi pointed out that it typically takes catfish to the small island before swallowing them, while other species are simply tossed back. We theorized that killing the catfish on dry land reduces the risk of harm via the catfish's sharp fins. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Great Blue Heron at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (5/22/2011).

A Great Blue Heron at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (5/22/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A free-loading Great Blue Heron at Fort Smallwood, Maryland.
This bird has learned to hang out with the fishermen and eagerly accepts handouts.

A free-loading Great Blue Heron at Fort Smallwood, Maryland. <br />This bird has learned to hang out with the fishermen and eagerly accepts handouts. Photo by Bill Hubick.

A free-loading Great Blue Heron at Fort Smallwood, Maryland. <br />This bird has learned to hang out with the fishermen and eagerly accepts handouts. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below four: Photographed at various locations in Maryland.

Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis) - Florida Keys


Below: Documentation photos of a Great White Heron (A. h. occidentalis) at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co., Maryland (8/12/2006). This was the third record of this subspecies in Maryland, which is usually restricted to southern Florida. (8/20/2006).


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