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Alewife Reservation and the land surrounding it are home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals. One of the most common and charismatic residents is the great blue heron. This gallery showcases some of the fantastic pictures of great blue herons taken by our regular visitors.

Heron in a Tree
Photo by Kathy Johnson

A heron perched in a tree.

The Hunter/b>
Photo by Kathy Johnson

A heron stalking through the shallows.

I See You
Photo by Kathy Johnson

A heron looking straight into the camera.

Empty Nest
Photo by Kathy Johnson

Young herons in the rookery at Jerry's Pond have all fledged, leaving empty nests everywhere.

Heron On The Hunt
Photo by George Mclean

From the photographer: "Here is a mature heron fishing in Jerry's pond for baby food. They don't have to travel, they use the fish from the pond. The pond the birds and animals have a symbiotic relationship! Nature has itself (with help from some wise people ) created this small paradise. How long would it take to destroy it ? Do you remember the 'Silver Maple Forest'? There are condos there now! As the Joni Mitchell song said, 'Take down the woods and put up a parking lot.' We don't want that to happen again."

Proud Parents
Photo by Stephanie Liu

In this moment the herons look like proud parents.

The Second Parent Returns
Photo by Stephanie Liu

The other parent returns to the nest after foraging for food. This picture may show the heron feeding its chicks, or it may be preening its feathers.

Single Parent
Photo by Stephanie Liu

One of the great blue heron parents standing guard at the nest while the other forages for food. Raising their chicks is a full-time job for both herons.

Stalking Heron
Photo by Jane Walker Richmond

A great blue heron stalking through the stormwater wetland at Alewife Reservation. The wetland used to be deep, but sediment from runoff has quickly filled it in.

Heron With Fish
Photo by Jane Walker Richmond

A great blue heron with a fish it just captured in the stormwater wetland.

Heron Swallowing
Photo by Jane Walker Richmond

A great blue heron swallowing a fish it just captured in the stormwater wetlanpd.

Blue Boy In Flight
Photo by George Mclean

From the photographer: "He flew north when he left [Jerry's Pit]. There are many great blues nesting in Spot Pond, or perhaps to the Cambridge nest? I sat in one spot a week ago, on Lime Ave in Mount Auburn Cemetery for 5 days, 3 hours a day. The apple trees were in bloom and I took thousands of photos of the birds flocking to the trees. I scouted the Jerry's pit area looking for the nest, but got lucky and got this take-off photo of this big guy, 'Blue Boy', a local to all the area ponds."

Mom On Nest
Photo by Kathy Johnson

A new day is coming on the Watershed
Photo by Kathy Johnson

From the photographer: "A new great blue heron at Jerry's Pond."

Blue Boy Eating A Turtle
Photo by George Mclean

From the photographer: "I have found out from watching great blue herons that they will eat any thing! Chipmunks... other birds... fish... and turtles. Here is "Blue Boy" with a turtle by the tail. He walked slowly to the shore and ate it. Aterwards, he preened himself in satisfaction! "

Great Blue Heron Nest At Jerry's Pond
Photo by Kathy Johnson

From the photographer: "Thought this nesting heron was Lady Kronker but likely Kronker himself by photo... He's feeding his young (too small to be seen yet), but the nest is *high* up at the far end of the Pond. Building is in background with 3 towers. There is a lot of activity going on at the nests sometimes (feeding).....They don't seem to mind being seen."

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The Alewife Reservation is a unique natural resource for the communities of Belmont, Arlington and Cambridge and home to hundreds of species, including hawks, coyotes beavers, snapping turtles, wild turkeys and muskrats, the reservation is a unique natural resource for the community.
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Friends of Alewife Reservation works to protect and restore this wild area and the surrounding area for the water quality, native plants, animals and over 90 bird species with paths for walking, running and biking, recreation, and for classroom education and research. We regularly steward and preserve the Reservation area for wildlife and for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

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