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Poetry in flight

A great egret glides effortlessly along the Weeki Wachee River, between the main spring and Rogers Park, on June 27. The river in that area is full of birds, especially wading birds like wood storks and a variety of herons, pelicans, cormorants and gulls. Great egrets are distinguished by their black feet and yellow bills. They are found in marshes, ponds, mudflats and tidal shallows from South America to the southern United States, and sometimes even in Europe. The birds have a reputation for eating just about anything they can catch. The bird is snowy white; the green on the bottom is a reflection off the water.

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