The Great Blue Heron is a very common bird across most of Eastern North America. I have observed and photographed them countless times along the St Lawrence River, and its Tributaries. This is a very easy bird to photograph because they usually stand still fishing along the shore, with their necks contorted in a weird way ready to strike at a fish. Sometimes they look very picturesque next to a piece of driftwood or a tree stump. These are large lanky birds at 4 feet tall, and they have a 5 foot wingspan when in flight. However they are very thin and not as heavy as a wild turkey, or a large bird of prey.