Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

great blue heron

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is often found wading in shallow estuarine water in search of prey.

The great blue heron is a year-round resident in South Carolina. This wading bird is appropriately named for its blue-gray plumage and large size and is the largest heron found in North America. The great blue heron is often found wading in shallow estuarine water (where rivers meet the sea) in search of prey. It feeds mainly on shrimp and fish, particularly mummichogs, mullet, and menhaden.