Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus) is a species of heron in the family Ardeidae. It is found in much of South America. Its natural habitats are rivers, swamps, and freshwater lakes. Photo by Christian Sanchez
(David Schultz) Great blue herons are common near open water and wetlands over most of North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and Galápagos Islands. They are, however, only rare vagrants to Europe.