Herons can be seen at almost any place where there is water. The big blue heron seen in the picture is the tallest wild bird in North America. Blue herons, whose color is so striking, live alone apart from when they make their nests.
The nesting places where herons congregate are usually in remote hidden areas that are hard for humans to reach. Hank herons, another heron species, have various colors during spring. New colors appear around the bright beaks of the adults only during nesting time.
Allah created birds in very different colors. We enjoy looking at the eye-catching colors in a bird's feathers. This wide variety of colors in birds is one of the proofs of Allah's marvelous creation. In the Qur'an, Allah relates that it is He Who creates these colors:
Do you not see that Allah sends down water from the sky and by it We bring forth fruits of varying colors? And in the mountains there are streaks of white and red, of varying shades, and rocks of deep jet black. And mankind and beasts and livestock are likewise of varying colors. Only those of His slaves with knowledge have fear of Allah. Allah is Almighty, Ever-Forgiving. (Surah Fatir: 27-28)