Thursday, June 16, 2011

What The Duck Saw

I was pulling out of the marina parking lot when I noticed this one lone duck just sitting there gazing toward the trees. All the others had moved on down the stream.


I pulled over and crossed the road to get closer and followed the duck's gaze into the trees ...






One of the guys at the nearby fish shack said they are herons. The one farther up in the tree never moved but the other one posed a bit for me. At one point I felt he was looking right into my eyes. Then he grew tired of me and gave me the butt.

There are many creeks and streams in and around my town and I'm pleased to say that many local groups work hard to protect them.

23 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Great to know people are working hard to protect the streams. SO important.
Now, about hiring that duck as a heron-spotter... what do you think a duck would want for wages? Especially a duck who does such a good job. Love the herons in the trees.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kay Dennison said...

Lovely!!!!!!!!!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Whoa! thanks, Ducks!

And you are right, let's protect them!

Sylvia K said...

Great shots for the day and it's good to know they're being protected -- doesn't happen everywhere, that's for sure! Hope your week is going well, Dianne! Hugs to Hope!

Sylvia

Carver said...

That's a beautiful natural spot. Great shots of the herons.

Mike said...

We have some herons that hang out around here too.

CrystalChick said...

A heron used to hang out at a small lake near me. Seeing this, I'm wondering if it's still there.
It's good to know there are groups nearby who are helping.
Nice photos!

Akelamalu said...

Great shots Dianne.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

The Herons are such a BEAUTIFUL Bird....! Loved these pictures, my dear---so glad you stopped to see what 'Ducky' was looking at!

Reb said...

Wonderful shots Dianne. I am glad the duck made you curious and that there are groups looking out for the habitats in your area.

Knight said...

Dip you thank the duck for giving you the tip?

ellen abbott said...

I love herons. those are egrets I think, which are herons. we have a lot of smaller ones that hang out in the pastures with the cows.

eileeninmd said...

It is wonderful people volunteer to clean the streams. Great shots of the Egrets in the trees.

DJan said...

Nice pictures. I didn't know they roost in trees, but then again, I never gave it any thought before! :-)

Casdok said...

Stunning

Dyche Designs said...

Great captures.

Rambling Woods said...

What a treat Dianne..and lucky that someone wants to protect areas like that..someday I hope they out number the rest of the idiots....Michelle

Hilary said...

Lovely birds, aren't they? I've never seen a white heron/egret. We do get Green, Great Blue and Night herons around here. The Blue heron has been around a lot lately. Thanks for sharing these fine birds.

Scott Oglesby said...

Beautiful shots Dianne, I love the nature photos. That’s awesome that you have some protected space close enough to visit. We have a bird sanctuary/nature preserve 10 minutes away as well and we go all the time.

Tracy said...

Good for you Dianne, and the photos are gorgeous! even though you did get the butt; I guess it was better than getting the 'finger'?

nitebyrd said...

It's too freakin' hot in Florida! These are smart birds that went north for the summer! LOL

Daryl said...

they are herons .. I am surprised to see them in NJ

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love nature spots in the city! Good eye you (and the duck) have there!