The green herons mainly fed from the swamp so they disappeared then reappeared during this time frame as did the swamp.

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The green heron is colorful bird.
[A green heron stands in the weeds/grass at the water's edge. It has a tan belly with a brown neck, greenish colored feathers on its sides and top of head. It has a black eye with yellow surrounding it (instead of white) and has a long beak.]

A green heron on the prowl several weeks earlier than the prior photo. I love the bulging eye.
[A green heron walking through the grass at the water's edge with its head hunched down close to its body. Its eye appears to be a yellow globe with a black dot stuck to the side of its head.]

Green herons have tongues.
[The bird is facing to the right but has its head turned so it's parallel with the fence rail. Its mouth is slightly open and a thin tongue is seen between its open beak.]

This green herons is prowling near the water's edge.
[The bird moving through the grass with its head low to the ground.]

The heron decided it was time to fish.
[The bird has its body on the ground with its neck completely outstretched so its beak reaches into the water.]

It nabbed a fish, the grey blur perpendicular to its bill.
[The bird has its head back over its body. There is a fish crosswise approximately half-way down the bill.]

I saw this juvenile heron in late August.
(Herons have impressive claws.)
[Heron is walking from left to right along a bare tree branch just above the water. The back foot is completely spread because the heron just took a step and one sharp talon at the end of the yellow toe is visible against the solid background color of the water. This heron has quite a bit of white striping on its chest as well as rust coloring along its back which are the indications it is a juvenile.]

The same juvenile heron from the prior photo as it progressed upstream.
The crest is more visible in this image.
[Heron is walking from left to right in the foreground grass beside the water. The vegetation hides most of the legs, but the rust feathers on the back of its neck are fluffed and the white stripes on the neck are visible. The dark blue feathers on the top of its head are also a bit fluffed, although not as soft-looking as the ones on the neck.]

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