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A Great Blue Heron stands waiting for a fish at a saltwater pool in the Gulf Islands. The most ubiquitous of all herons, the Great Blue is actually brownish gray in colour when immature and is often mistaken for the sandhill crane. Cranes are much less common in northern climates and are distinguished by red crowns on their heads.

Herons live in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. They fish by standing for hours motionless by or in shallow pools or tidal basins. When ambitious, the heron will tread slowly through the shallows, neck stretched forward. When it catches a fish, it will immediately swallow it. The bird has a reputation for being very cranky and will croak loudly when disturbed.

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