Great Blue Heron of BC

Blue Heron


2007
Size: 30 cm h x 122 cm w, 12” h x 48” w
Media: Plaster, Fraser River sand, blue heron tracks and oil paint on panel

The great blue heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. They always live near sources of water including rivers, lake edges, marshes, saltwater seacoasts and swamps, as well as congregating at fish hatcheries. Their diet mainly consists of small fish, particularly those that are vulnerable and diseased. They usually nest in trees or bushes that stand near water and breed at elevations of up to 1,500 m. Heron populations are strong, however similar to the sockeye, they suffer from habitat destruction and human interference.

Resources

University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Animal Diversity Web. Great blue heron, Ardea herodias. www.animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Ardea_herodias.html.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Great blue heron, Ardea herodias.
www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Great_Blue_Heron.html.