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Old 11-10-2018, 02:04 PM   #1
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Even though, I am not finished with Phase II of my pond, it is dug and filled with water. The liner has yet to be disguised with rocks and such...and the piles of dirt are filled with weeds. Phases III & IV (streambed/waterfall & wetlands) are expected to be finished next year.

Still, wildlife has come to explore the area, especially once it was filled with water. I recall seeing a water strider a day or two after filling it. The deer were often around, and a bear stopped by...but I had a visitor almost two weeks ago, that I didn't really expect--it happened on my birthday no less--a blue heron.

Now, I really didn't get to see it. I heard it. After getting home from work, I was walking the property. As, I approached the top of the slope leading to my pond, I heard the rush of wings as it took off. I knew immediately that it was a heron--now that I think of it, the beating of wings may have been accompanied by a call of alarm. By the time I made it to slope, all I really saw was the blur of color as it made it flew off.

Our game cams batteries had died, and I hadn't replaced them. With all of the rain, weeds had grown up to block them anyway. However, today Jeff was able to access the security cameras that we have aimed in that direction. The video isnt very clear, but I'm thrilled to have it and share it. ***after trying to upload it unsuccessfully a couple of times--"invalid file"-- here are some screenshots :

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Old 11-10-2018, 09:46 PM   #2
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Even though, I am not finished with Phase II of my pond, it is dug and filled with water. The liner has yet to be disguised with rocks and such...and the piles of dirt are filled with weeds. Phases III & IV (streambed/waterfall & wetlands) are expected to be finished next year.

Still, wildlife has come to explore the area, especially once it was filled with water. I recall seeing a water strider a day or two after filling it. The deer were often around, and a bear stopped by...but I had a visitor almost two weeks ago, that I didn't really expect--it happened on my birthday no less--a blue heron.

Now, I really didn't get to see it. I heard it. After getting home from work, I was walking the property. As, I approached the top of the slope leading to my pond, I heard the rush of wings as it took off. I knew immediately that it was a heron--now that I think of it, the beating of wings may have been accompanied by a call of alarm. By the time I made it to slope, all I really saw was the blur of color as it made it flew off.

Our game cams batteries had died, and I hadn't replaced them. With all of the rain, weeds had grown up to block them anyway. However, today Jeff was able to access the security cameras that we have aimed in that direction. The video isnt very clear, but I'm thrilled to have it and share it. ***after trying to upload it unsuccessfully a couple of times--"invalid file"-- here are some screenshots :

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Nice! The initial rewards of strenuous and time demanding project are always so sweet!
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:25 AM   #3
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I can imagine the rewards I will get once it is complete--the beauty of the nature-inspired water features, the native plants that thrive there, and the multitude of beautiful creatures that come to visit or make their homes there.

I look forward to getting some quality photos.
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