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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

  • Great Blue Heron (en)
  • Garza Azulada (es)
  • Grand Héron (fr)
  • Kanadareiher (de)

Taxonomy

  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Ardea herodias

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.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 2 2 1 0
Rapids Park Lachine 6 3 1 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

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.

Photos

Great Blue Heron with catch

Great Blue Heron with catch

Great Blue Heron with Catch

Rapids Park Lachine - 2019-04-27

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/9; Iso 560;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2018-04-14

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f6.3; Iso 450;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Watching a juvenile Great Blue Heron during a cleaning procedure.

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-10-15

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-09-03

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 500;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-09-03

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-09-03

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-06-19

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 450;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-04-17

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2015-09-20

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2015-04-18

NIKON D7100; 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 400;

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