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Sunshine On My Shoulders
14 x 18

John Denver sang it, but in this case a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is living it! Found in a majority of freshwater and saltwater habitats throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean, it is one of the most recognized of all the wading birds. Moving in almost comical slow motion through a marsh, they will suddenly, and with lightening speed, stab at their prey with a razor sharp beak. Prey items are highly varied and include fish, frogs, snakes, invertebrates and even mammals. In Ontario, great blue herons are summer migrants moving back to the same areas every year to build their great nests high up in the treetops. These colonies of breeding pairs are known as heronries and are easy to spot in early spring before the trees have leafed out.