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Great Blue Heron

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). Large, gray-blue heron; black strip extends above eye; white foreneck is streaked with black. This bird is often miscalled a "crane" and may stand 4 feet tall.Breeding adult has yellowish bill and ornate plumes on head, neck, and back. Length 46 inches, Wingspan 72 inches. Voice: Deep harsh croaks Frahnk, frahnk, frahnk. Its habitat includes marshes, swamps, shores, and tideflats. This heron was hunting in a swamp for small frogs at Abbotts Lagoon, Pt. Reyes, California.

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