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Herons and egrets converge on Illinois wetlands

August 10, 2012 at 02:04 PM

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It’s a late-summer ritual as wading birds like herons and egrets gather in shallow wetlands to feast on fish and invertebrates trapped in shrinking pools of water.

Above: Great egrets look for food in a wetland part of the Emiquon Preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy across from Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown.

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Great egrets mingle with snowy egrets (smaller birds with dark bills) in a retention pond in Springfield.

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Anglers flock together on Thompson Lake, part of the Emiquon Preserve.

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Great egrets and a great blue heron fish together in formation.

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A great egret takes flight in Springfield.

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A cattle egret wades in Thompson Lake at the Emiquon Preserve.

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