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Great Blue Heron 

What do you call when Batman skips out on church?

Christian Bale.

Interesting Fact: Great Blue Herons have specialized feathers on their chest that continually grow and fray. The herons comb this “powder down” with a fringed claw on their middle toes, using the down like a washcloth to remove fish slime and other oils from their feathers as they preen. Applying the powder to their underparts protects their feathers against the slime and oils of swamps. ( Great Blue Heron Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology )

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. This is one of my favorite birds. You did a great photo and writeup. And Christian Bale was great. Thank you so much. 🙂

  2. Great photo, very similar to our white faced heron in my last post! I did not know about the preening behaviour, fascinating.

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