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 A Heron and an Egret on a boat dock

People often see these long-legged Birds standing alone in a marsh, intent on spearing a Fish. Patient and skilled hunters, Herons stalk Fish stealthily in the shadows or wait motionless in ambush. As soon as their prey swims by, Herons strike quickly.

The Heron Family (Ardeidae) includes Bitterns and Egrets. Among their cousins are also the Vultures of the New World. Birds of the Ardeidae Family have long necks, long legs, and sharp bills. When Herons fly, their necks bend into an S-shape, with their heads between their shoulders.

A shy Bird, Heron will take off in a slow flight when approached by people. A strong flier, She propels Herself with deep, pumping wing strokes. Because of her large wingspan, Heron can be mistaken for a Hawk or an Eagle, but Heron can be distinguished by Her long legs straight behind Her.

Watching Heron standing still in a small pond is learning a lesson in quiet dignity. Heron neither bounces about nor makes a sound but remains still, tall and erect. Even when Heron is startled, She takes off unhurriedly to the sky. Learn dignity from the Heron Family.

 An Egret

Important Heron Family’s Teaching: Being Ourselves

“Herons do not seem to need a lot of people in their life, nor do they feel pressure to “keep up with the Joneses” or be traditional in their life roles. They stand out in their uniqueness, and they know how to snatch and take advantage of things and events that the average person would not even bother with.” Copyright: “Animal-Speak”, Ted Andrews.

Heron Family’s Teaching Also Includes:

“Heron teaches us how to access and interpret life's esoteric knowledge.” Copyright: “Animal Dreaming” by Scott Alexander King..

Heron Family’s Wisdom Includes:
Innate Wisdom
Understanding Your Personal Rhythms
Finding Magic In Nature
Through Involvement
Seeing Different Perspectives
Following Your Own Path
Being Methodical
Living in Solitude

Take time to read what the individual Heron teachers have to teach.

Conservation Note: Members of the Heron Family are protected by international treaties.

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Great Blue Heron's teachings
Great White Egret's teachings


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Photo of Heron and Egret on boat dock courtesy of U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Va. Carper

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