The Greatest Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

The greatest great blue heron 
-Photo by Matthew T. Ross-

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is the largest heron in the Americas, however it is smaller that the goliath heron (native to Africa). Given the name goliath heron the great blue heron's slightly diminished size shouldn't be too surprising. Even with its less than goliath state it is an absolutely gorgeous bird. I snuck up on this one wading around the Orlando wetlands (A wonderful place to visit if you have an interest in water birds). There is a species of herons in south Florida called the great white heron which I hope to be able to take a picture of some day.

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Matthew is a neuroscientist investigating vocal motor processing, focusing on how the brain changes during development, but is passionate about all things science. He loves art and photography, producing his own digital artwork inspired by science and anatomy. Matthew also plays guitar and piano and has recorded several albums. You can find more of his projects at his website:

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