Great Blue Heron


(Ardea herodias)

Fun Fact: Their wingspan can be up to 6.5 feet wide, and yet they only weigh 5-6 lbs because of their hollow bone structure.

Diet: Almost anything! Including fish, small mammals, insects, reptiles, and birds.

Habitat: Fresh and salt marshes, grasslands, agricultural fields, riverbanks, lakes and ponds.

Overview: This is the largest bird in the Ballona Wetlands and they usually forage alone in the channels, along the marsh shorelines, and in the vegetation throughout the area. They strike their prey with their large beak.