CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Visiting my pond.
Diet: fish, reptiles, frogs, small mammals, crustaceans, and (ahem!) other birds.
“Great Blue Herons live in both freshwater and saltwater habitats, and also forage in grasslands and agricultural fields, where they stalk frogs and mammals. Most breeding colonies are located within 2 to 4 miles of feeding areas, often in isolated swamps or on islands, and near lakes and ponds bordered by forests.”