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This heron from a smaller rookery of about 20 nests located off County Road 29 near Vergas surveys the scene from a high perch.

Where the heron nests

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You can't help but be impressed by a colony of great blue herons.

The big gangly birds themselves are impressive -- they can be 4 feet tall with a 6-foot wingspan -- as they flap ponderously around their stick nests made of twigs, moss and swamp grass.

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And the rookeries are impressive. One near Eksjo Lutheran Church west of Lake Park has hundreds of nests. It's on a heavily forested piece of land overlooking a partially flooded small lake.

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