Article and photos by Charly Mann
It is not unusual to encounter a Great Blue Heron at a pond or lake in Bartlesville. For several years one has made her nest in a tree along the Caney River across from the Pathfinder trail.
Great Blue Heron in Bartlesville Oklahoma getting set to go airborne
Great Blue Herons are almost four feet tall and have a wingspan of six feet. Most of their body is bluish-grey. They have a white face and crown and have a long black feather hanging from the top of their head.
Great Blue Heron flying above small pond hear my home
The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in the United States and these magnificent creatures often live more than fifteen years.
Great Blue Heron looking for a meal
Great Blue Herons have long legs that they use to wade through the water where they catch fish and reptiles. They strike down into the water with amazing quickness when they spot their prey.
Great Blue Heron gliding through the air
The Great Blue Heron flies with its neck folded and gives a loud squawk when it is alarmed. They can fly up to thirty miles per hour.