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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).  The Great Blue Heron ranks as the largest of North American herons and egrets.  It usually holds its long neck in an S shape at rest and in flight.  It has a wingspan of 70 inches and a height of 38 inches.  It lives in and around salt and freshwater environments.  Its long beak functions as a spear to hunt fish and frogs. 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes