I Googled 'great blue heron' and found out it is the most common and largest of North American herons. This is a wading bird found along coastlines, in marshes, or near the shores of ponds or streams. . . and we live very near the Palma Sola Bay.
"Great blue herons' size (3.2 to 4.5 feet/1 to 1.4 meters) and wide wingspan (5.5 to 6.6 feet/1.7 to 2 meters) make them a joy to see in flight. (which we did see today) They can cruise at some 20 to 30 miles (32 to 48 kilometers) an hour." -you can find more info here, on the National Geographic website.
wow!! I love this photo I took of Steven and our visitor. It is not an everyday occurance that you get to stand next to a great blue heron . . . . hmmm, well maybe it will be, in our new home!