Great Blue Heron

When this juvenile Great Blue Heron came in he was skinny and too weak to stand. After fluids and a tube feeding of an easy-to-digest diet made for fish-eating birds, he looked much better. It will still be touch and go with him for a while. However, he is off to a good start!

Staff members have to be extremely careful with herons who have sharp beaks, and, as you can see, defend themselves adeptly with them! They use their dagger-like bills to stab fish when they’re hunting. For more information on Great Blue Herons, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.