It has a wingspan of up to two metres and is the height of a small child. When it walks on its spindly legs, each step measures 22 centimetres. And its call – a wild, throaty croak – is loud and unmistakeable.
The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America. And – little know fact – Stanley Park is home to one of the biggest urban great blue heron colonies on the continent. Last year, herons built 110 nests in the park and reared 100 little heron fledglings. This month, they’re at it again — back at their nesting grounds near the tennis courts and dazzling park visitors.