From March to October, Prince Edward Island is known as the Great Blue Heron capital of North America. Like most large birds, it is not very graceful landing or taking off. However a heron is wonderful to see in flight. They are also quit interesting close up like in this picture. As long as you move slowly, you can usually get quite close – I think they try to stay more still than us in the hopes we do not see them.
My favourite viewing spots are the marshes along the North Shore. I often see one underneath the boardwalk leading up to Cavendish Beach.
The Great Blue Heron is the largest Heron in North America with a wing span of almost 6 feet. It makes a sound like a hoarse duck. Once you have heard it, it is instantly recognizable. If you see one in flight, you will recognize it two ways: the crook in its neck and the feet extending far beyond the tail feathers.
Come to Prince Edward Island this summer and catch a glimpse of the majestic heron.