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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.

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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.


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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