The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Great blue heron
Ardea herodias
Family: Ardeidae


Piscivore / Carnivore / Predator
Native to Virginia

Great Blue Heron Factsheet


Great Blue Heron

great blue heron

Found near shore, in wetlands, or in the flowing rapids, the great blue heron is active during the day and preys primarily on fish, though they have been known to eat shrimp, crabs, insects, and rodents.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

It is hard to tire of watching these large, charismatic birds. Especially when one has a large centrarchid in its beak.


Great Blue Heron. Ardea herodias. With fish. LOCATION 2 from Friends of James River Park on Vimeo.

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