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Great blue heron

Ardea herodias

Description:

These are large wading birds in the heron family Ardeidae.

Habitat:

Spotted in a grassy meadow at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The great blue heron can adapt to almost any wetland habitat in its range. It may be found in numbers in fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove swamps, flooded meadows, lake edges, or shorelines. It is quite adaptable and may be seen in heavily developed areas as long as they hold bodies of fish-bearing water. Great blue herons rarely venture far from bodies of water, but are occasionally seen flying over upland areas. They usually nest in trees or bushes near water's edge, often on islands (which minimizes the potential for predation) or partially isolated spots.


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Washington, USA

Lat: 45.80, Long: -122.76

Spotted on Nov 10, 2018
Submitted on Nov 13, 2018

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