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Great blue heron

Ardea herodias

Description:

This heron must have swallowed something that was not going down the right way and seemed to be gagging a bit. This provided passersby with an opportunity to observe its long and muscular tongue, which is not usually seen. When I left, the bird had apparently taken care of what was bothering it as it stopped tossing its head and settled down to preen.

Habitat:

A former wetland that was drained by a home-owners association to move beavers away that had dammed the area

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Nov 10, 2018
Submitted on Feb 5, 2019

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