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Photo of great blue heron

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This great blue heron (Ardea herodias) was perched on a mangrove tree branch at the entrance to a lagoon at Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island. The heron was apparently just letting time pass.

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Learn about great blue heron natural history

" ...the great blue herons of the estuary,
standing long-legged at water's edge,
teach me stillness."
Aino Paasonen The Herons of Ballona 1999

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