Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

The largest heron found along the St. Lawrence River and lakes near Montreal. When not resting, the bird either stands still in the water or moves slowly along the shores searching for frogs, snakes or fishes to catch.

How To Identify

It's the largest heron seen in Montreal. Mostly grey with some white along the head. It can be easily distinguished from the slightly smaller heron, the Great Egret which is completely white.

Where and When to Spot

Usually found moving slowly within the reed, or it stands on wood trunks or stones in flowing water. Can be seen from early spring to late autumn as long as the shores of river and lakes are not frozen. Migrates South late autumn.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 450

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 400

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 500

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 720

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 200

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 450

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 560

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/320s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 800

  • Parc Angrignon

    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

    Focal Length 140mm
    Shutter Speed 1/250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 400

Videography

Videos are published in Fauna Flora's YouTube channel.