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Great Blue Heron  - Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias

The largest heron found along the St. Lawrence River and lakes near Montreal. When not resting, the bird either stands still in the water or moves slowly along the shores searching for frogs, snakes or fishes to catch.

Common Names

How to Identify

It's the largest heron seen in Montreal. Mostly grey with some white along the head. It can be easily distinguished from the slightly smaller heron, the Great Egret which is completely white.

Where & When to Spot

Usually found moving slowly within the reed, or it stands on wood trunks or stones in flowing water. Can be seen from early spring to late autumn as long as the shores of river and lakes are not frozen. Migrates South late autumn.

Great Blue Heron Trying to Catch a Fish

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Great Blue Heron Catching a Fish

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - April 14, 2018

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f6.3; Iso 450;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Watching a juvenile Great Blue Heron during a cleaning procedure.

Rapids Park Lachine - October 15, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - September 03, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 500;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - September 03, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - September 03, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - June 19, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 450;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - April 17, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - September 20, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Park Angrignon - April 18, 2015

NIKON D7100; 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 400;
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