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Old 08-05-2020, 10:28 PM   #31
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In your wetland at the top?
No, in the main, largest pond.

Although, there could be tadpoles in the one upper pond that is covered in ducked. I never look.
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Old 08-17-2020, 03:17 PM   #32
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Ohmygod-ohmygod-ohmygod!!!

I'm just sitting here studying the pond project, and, through the trees, I spot a large bird flying. Even before it quite dawns on me what it might be (a great blue heron), I notice a second one veer off towards the pond and where I was sitting (on the rocky outcropping I created). At this point, I'm staring up at the sky as it begins to blot out my view. Its wings outstretched, and likely ready to land, it spotted me, and turned in mid-air back the way it came.

It was at this point, I scrambled to get my phone out of my pocket; even as I went to switch it to camera mode, I knew I missed my chance. It was gone.

Thrilling encounter nonetheless.

Based on its approach, I am guessing this was not its first time here. Also, I'm guessing there was a pair of them--I can't be sure what the other bird was as the trees obscured it, but seems there were two. I always thought they were solitary hunters.

(No pictures, sorry...but, needless to say, I moved the trail cam from the lower pool to the main pond.
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Wow! Congratulations!
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Wow! Congratulations!
Thank you.

I'm still reliving the memory.

I would live to see one on occasion...and a green heron and kingfisher, too--but I don't want them to deplete my (rather large) population of frogs. I don't yet have bluegills, but I plan to get some. When planning the pond, I dug out a depression above the deepest section, and, after placing the liner, I added a large flat rock to make a ledge/cave to provide protection from predators. I want them to have a fair chance to escape/avoid predation.

Hopefully, I will achieve a balance.
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What fun!
Frogs that frequent my pond.
Having gotten used to my daily walks around the ponds they've totally lost the fear jumping unless I'm nearly upon them.

I enjoy watching their little fingers hoisting their dripping wet bods up from water to pad
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Sitting pondside
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Peek a boo
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This one created a very nice little mossy lair and sits in it quite regularly!
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I enjoyed your pictures havalotta.
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Old 08-19-2020, 06:13 PM   #37
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Thank you
Not long and they'll be hibernating
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What fun!
Frogs that frequent my pond.
Having gotten used to my daily walks around the ponds they've totally lost the fear jumping unless I'm nearly upon them.

I enjoy watching their little fingers hoisting their dripping wet bods up from water to pad
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Sitting pondside
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Peek a boo
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This one created a very nice little mossy lair and sits in it quite regularly!
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Great pictures.

My frogs are the same. They are not only used to me, they come over to see what I'm doing when I work on disguising the liner. They are used to me sticking my camera (phone) in their faces...well not quite, but they do let me get about 6 inches away or so.
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The other day, I noticed just how striking the colors were as the sun highlighted the emerald green and copper coloration.

Again, I am so happy that they let me get so close. Taken with my smartphone's camera:
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I think you give a try painting that one this Winter!
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