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Old 08-25-2014, 08:27 PM   #1
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I've now got gazillions of Green Heron pix from our favorite place, Tillman Swamps. They are so comical!

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Very cool!

I've only seen them in a field guide...until last week, when I swear I saw one at the edge of a pond we were driving past. It was not a busy road; Jeff had already slowed down because we saw two deer on the road side of the pond. They were startled and crossed the road. Jeff backed up to see what I was talking about, but by then, it was gone.

I found a photo online to show him what it was. I had no idea it's neck was that long...most pictures make it look short and stubby. Your photo of it flying really gives me a feel of what it looks like.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:21 PM   #3
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Thanks! If you have any swamps or marshes, that's where you'll find them.

Some of today's shots~

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Thanks! If you have any swamps or marshes, that's where you'll find them.

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That definitely looks like quality habitat for them.

Great shots. I especially like the second one.

Hopefully, I will eventually create some quality habitat that attracts them here some...although that means losing critters that also want to make that their home--I guess I'm doing that constantly by creating habitat since even many of the predator species are prey to other predators...and a habitat with our predators would become overrun anyway.

...one more comment after my tangent: I'm glad you are getting out and about and still enjoying your favorite haunts and your photography. How are you healing up?
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:35 PM   #5
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In the past week or two, the dread purple loosestrife has come to life and it's sucking the marsh dry fast. . The birds who eat fish will leave now.

I am getting out as well as doing therapy daily. Here is my new arm/shoulder~Herons!!!-image.jpg bone finally started to grow around the screws so my therapy is progressing. I've been told it will be 6-12 months recovery. Until this past week, I was limited to using the trackpad with my left hand but just this week I've gotten my arm onto my desk and table.

Man-made Ponds and lakes that get hay around the edges so things can grab on and grow are more attractive to wildlife and creating a natural habitat. Others just look like holes in the ground years later.
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Great to hear about your recovery Sage. I'm glad that you are improving. Hang in there. Nice to have you back.
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In the past week or two, the dread purple loosestrife has come to life and it's sucking the marsh dry fast. . The birds who eat fish will leave now.

I am getting out as well as doing therapy daily. Here is my new arm/shoulderAttachment 41495 bone finally started to grow around the screws so my therapy is progressing. I've been told it will be 6-12 months recovery. Until this past week, I was limited to using the trackpad with my left hand but just this week I've gotten my arm onto my desk and table.

Man-made Ponds and lakes that get hay around the edges so things can grab on and grow are more attractive to wildlife and creating a natural habitat. Others just look like holes in the ground years later.
That is another good reason to hate purple loosestrife.

Wow. I wasn't expecting the X-ray...I opened it after reading the first sentence. I couldn't figure out what it was from the thumbnail. Glad to hear that you are improving.

Yes, ponds with native vegetation definitely benefit wildlife better than a hole in the ground. I hate to see ponds mowed up to the waters edge.
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~Herons!!!-image.jpg a bit breezy at Montezuma swamps
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Ah HA! My where's waldo guess was.... right on the money!
Your last little fella-gal looks cold all hunched like it is.
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Attachment 41556 a bit breezy at Montezuma swamps
Nice shot. ~smile~
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