Galapagos Great Blue Heron on Santiago Island

The Galapagos Great Blue Heron on Santiago Island.

One of the more stately birds to photograph is the Great Blue Heron. This one caught my attention as much for the pose with the wind blowing its feathers as for any other reason. It seemed completely involved in feather maintenance.

The Galapagos Great Blue Heron subspecies is called cognata. It is one of 21 species of water birds recorded on the islands, ten of which are endemic. This bird breeds throughout the year, nesting singly, close to shore, and usually in mangroves. They are usually seen alone, as this one was.

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