Monday, July 7, 2014

Chasing After A Green Heron

Sometimes the smallest of wonders makes my day continue nicely.







One of the  smaller of herons, the Green Heron,  has been known to put an insect on the water to attract fish. An amazing find just checking out a county park for a picnic area. It caught three or four fish and frogs while I watched.

This beach went under water three days ago . Now the top of the hill I walked down is at the edge of the water. The Mississippi River was out of it's banks when I was in Burlington 7/6/14, a 15 year high water mark. Barge traffic is on hold at this end of the river.

12 comments:

  1. Amazing photos, Steve. How interesting that that heron should be clever enough to go fly fishing-

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  2. Herons are such neat birds. We had a rookery here a few years ago. But a huge freak wind storm knocked the trees and nests down. They haven't rebuilt there, but in the rocks now.
    The dragonfly looks like an ancient bird coming outta the water! Cool.
    Cheri

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  3. Smart bird using bait like that. It would have been fun to watch it catching all those fish.You had a nice catch there yourself.

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  4. Under Water??? Wow!!!
    Also a great catch!!
    hughugs

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  5. Wow, the green heron is really quite a smart bird!

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  6. You have some interesting small wonders. Many creatures are twice as smart as we think they are. Only a fisherman could appreciate a bird putting an insect on the water to attract fish.

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  7. You enjoy being out in nature as much as I do.. There are so many beautiful works of art when we observe what is around us. Love your BIG fish... My sons caught a 20 lb catfish this past week.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. I see the heron isn't the only thing that caught some fish. My neighbor has a small pond in her backyard with goldfish in it. One day her son called her at work to tell her that there was a small heron at the pond. When she got home from work, all her fish were gone.

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  9. ...and you make our days continually nice.

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  10. We both had a dragonfly today. Like the Green Heron too.

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  11. I enjoyed your pictures and your opening words about small wonders. Absolutely! I follow troutbirder's blog and that is how I found yours. I'm up in Oregon this summer and saw a heron/crane over a small lake near where I am staying. We know there are trout in the lake, my son is trying to catch them. I am not sure what sort of bird it was, but looking at your photos of the Green Heron I do not think it was one of those... Its neck was long like a Blue Heron, though it didn't seem as big... thanks for sharing!

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  12. They are interesting birds indeed. Great fisherman but kind of clunky fliers.... and a funny squawk!

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