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The Great Dance on a Frozen Lake? Great Blue Herons are the largest wading bird in New Jersey. With a wingspan of about 73 inches the Great Blue Herons are indeed great dancers and fighters! They have elaborate courtship rituals including complex displays that help paris for strong bonds. Their mating displays include bill snapping, neck stretching, moaning calls, preening, circular flights, twin shaking, twig exchanging, crest raising and bill duels. During Territorial fight, adults Herons display show an aggressive upright display followed by a forward display. The two Herons stab with their bills and buffet each other with their long wings and grip the opponent’s neck using its feet. These extreme aggressions are due to limited access to foraging sites. Deep water in summer and ice in winter restrict the access of Great Blue Herons to their foraging sites and possibly intensify competition among Herons. Though the Great Blue Heron’s population in North America is stable, it is still classified as a species of special concern here in New Jersey — as the wetland destruction has caused a decrease in Heron population from their historic numbers. In 2009 a total of 586 nests were counted in New Jersey. This motion picture and the following photograph were captured on a cell phone camera. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’. Visit @shravanregretiyer @regretiyerproductions and for more immersive stories. #3lenses #birds #greatblueheron #birdphotography #newjersey #bird_lovers #bird_watchers_daily #birdsofinstagram #bird_watchers_ig #birding #birdwatching #usa #animal #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_shots #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #instaphoto #photooftheday #travel #travelphotography

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