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Wading Birds: From Herons to Hammerheads

Wading Birds: From Herons to Hammerheads

by Sara Swan Miller

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Children's Literature
Their elegance, sleek physiques and vibrant colors make these creatures of the sea and sky something special to observe. The great blue heron stands tall and still by a marsh awaiting the passing fish or frog. Then, with a swift, accurate motion, it spears its prey with its knifelike bill. Hidden among the reeds of the salt marshes, the American bittern sways back and forth, its neck stretched toward the sky. Even though his enemy circles him, the bittern turns his striped breast so that he continues to blend with the swaying reeds. In contrast, the flaming red feathers of the scarlet ibis flock create an instant spectacle among the mangrove leaves along the lagoon. It is the bodies of the crab and shrimp on which they feed that give them their special glow. In the spring, a spoonbill couple chases one another atop the shallow water. Colonies of wood storks build platform nests high in the trees, safe from most predators. Mating flamingos wag their heads, twist and preen, then flash their wings as they walk backward and forward together. Their hot pink hue adds warmth to the saltwater marshes. Cattle egrets may be seen following grazing animals, stabbing the small insects unearthed by stirring hooves. Wading birds make for serene sightseeing along the shores of shallow waters. Vibrant photography accompanies each description so that we may be well-prepared for our next trip to the coastline. 2001, Franklin Watts, . Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Leslie Julian

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Animals in Order Series
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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