After six weeks of feeding and rehabilitation, Dustin was able to lead a group that released the heron back in Rockport. On Saturday, July 2 the bird was given her freedom. Although she was a little reluctant to leave the crate, she finally flew out and circled around Copano Bay before settling in the water. Since April, Wings Rescue Center has taken in over 100 birds from the Rockport/Fulton area.
Great blue herons are the largest of the North American herons. In the wild they can live up to 15 years. They are expert fishers and will wait patiently for fish to come within range of their needle sharp bills. The prey is swallowed whole. - Jeanette Larson
(Video Courtesy of Melissa Bohannon)
|Photo credit: Doug Adams|
Jeanette is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.