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An elegant Great Blue Heron leisurely explores the serene shoreline of Elkhorn Slough, its tall, slender form reflecting in the calm waters.

Welcome to Monterey Bay Eco Tours, where we embark on exciting wildlife adventures while respecting and preserving nature. In this blog post, we will dive into the fascinating world of the Great Blue Heron, a majestic bird that graces the shores of California’s Elkhorn Slough. Join us on our eco-friendly, electric-powered catamaran, the El Cat, as we take you on an unforgettable journey to witness these elegant creatures in their natural habitat.

The Great Blue Heron: A Majestic Presence

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a sight to behold with its tall stature, striking blue-gray plumage, and long, slender neck. As one of the largest herons in North America, it stands out as an iconic symbol of grace and tranquility. These magnificent birds are commonly found in wetland habitats, and the Elkhorn Slough provides a perfect sanctuary for them to thrive.

Wildlife Watching on the Elkhorn Slough

Embarking on our Elkhorn Slough Tour, you will have the opportunity to witness an abundance of wildlife, including the Great Blue Heron. Glide quietly and emission-free on our electric catamaran, ensuring that the natural behavior of these incredible birds is undisturbed. Our experienced captains and naturalists will provide insightful commentary and answer any questions you may have, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of the local wildlife.

A Glimpse of the Great Blue Heron’s Lifestyle

Great Blue Herons are skilled hunters, primarily feasting on fish, amphibians, and small aquatic creatures. Their exceptional eyesight and sharp beaks aid them in capturing their prey with remarkable precision. As you watch these herons gracefully wading in the shallow waters of the Elkhorn Slough, you’ll be mesmerized by their patient and calculated approach to hunting.

Group Names and the Great Blue Heron

Did you know that a group of Great Blue Herons is commonly called a “siege”? However, these magnificent birds can also be referred to as a “glean,” “sedge,” or “station.” The diversity in their group names reflects the versatility of these birds and the different behaviors they exhibit depending on their environment and activities.

Why Choose Monterey Bay Eco Tours?

At Monterey Bay Eco Tours, we are passionate about reconnecting people with nature while preserving the environment for future generations. Our eco-friendly approach, embodied by the El Cat’s electric-powered design, ensures that your wildlife experience is not only memorable but also environmentally responsible.

Testimonials from Happy Explorers

Don’t just take our word for it – hear what our guests have to say about their experiences with us:

  • “We had an amazing time today on this tour. The guides were knowledgeable, easy-going, and more than happy to answer our questions.” – Malinda H.
  • “This was one of the best nature tours I have ever taken. We hoped to see a couple of Sea Otters, but we saw at least 50 or more.” – Duff17, Crystal Lake, IL
  • “Our time on this tour was a highlight of our trip! We saw so many birds, seals, sea lions, and otters up close!” – Yelp Review


Embarking on a Great Blue Heron adventure with Monterey Bay Eco Tours promises an unforgettable experience immersed in the wonders of nature. Witness these elegant herons and other incredible wildlife in their natural habitat while knowing that you’re contributing to the preservation of this beautiful ecosystem. Book your tour today and let us take you on a journey you’ll cherish forever.

Remember, a visit to the Elkhorn Slough is more than just a tour – it’s an opportunity to connect with nature and appreciate the delicate balance of life on our planet.

Monterey Bay Eco Tours Website

Note: The information and testimonials provided in this blog post are based on the content from Monterey Bay Eco Tours’ website and reviews from TripAdvisor and Yelp.

A majestic Great Blue Heron proudly displaying its triumph, clutching a sizable fish captured from the eelgrass beds of Elkhorn Slough.

A Masterful Catch: Witness the awe-inspiring moment as a Great Blue Heron secures a bountiful prize from the eelgrass beds of Elkhorn Slough. Nature’s drama unfolds in this remarkable display of survival and skill.