With his wings spread wide and his eyes on the target, a great blue heron makes a perfect landing in the lower duck pond of Lithia Park in Ashland on Tuesday.

With his wings spread wide and his eyes on the target, a great blue heron makes a perfect landing in the lower duck pond of Lithia Park in Ashland on Tuesday. The heron, according to the Audubon Society, is one of the most adaptable wading birds. The average bird stands 4 feet tall with a 6-foot wingspan, making it the largest heron species in North America. It is vocal in flight but often is observed standing silent and still along shorelines and riverbanks. When it does fly, "The bird takes to the sky with slow, deep wingbeats, its long neck curved into an S-shape, and its head hunched back upon its shoulders," audubon.org reports. Learn more at birds.audubon.org/species/greblu1.