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Great Blue Heron with a big fish in it's bill (photo 1). Herons spear the fish, then swallow it whole. Then they usually drink some water (photo 2).
The great blue heron can adapt to almost any wetland habitat in its range. They may be found in numbers in fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove swamps, flooded meadows, lake edges, or shorelines. They are quite adaptable and may be seen in heavily developed areas as long as they hold bodies of water bearing fish. 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 island (which minimizes the potential for predation) or partially isolated spots. Found at North Park Lake, Mccandleuss Township, PA.