In addition to numerous sculptures, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina is also home to many wild species that make the greater area of the Gardens their home. Some of these birds, eagles and herons, have sustained an injury and could not survive in the wild. Their professional zookeepers provide safety, shelter, and enrichment for these birds.
Largest of the North American herons, the Great Blue Heron has long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, dagger-like bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give it a shaggy appearance.
Reflections of a heron in a pond ….
Reflections of a heron by Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Lava Heron, also known as the Galapagos Heron, is a species of heron endemic to the Galapagos Islands. The adult is slate-grey, which helps it blend in with the hardened lava. The back feathers typically have a silvery sheen and it has a short crest on its head.