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Old Jun 15, 2009, 1:38 PM   #1
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Photos taken this Saturday at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport,MA. All shots taken with K100D and Tokina 80-400mm. All but the last picture taken at 400mm. Last shot has motion blur but helps tell the story.

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A shot of the Wildlife Preserve


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Old Jun 15, 2009, 10:10 PM   #2
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Wonderful, Lou. Where were you when you shot these? I've seen swans out there and other herons. But, none like these white ones. You obviously weren't up in the towers.

Are the plover protected right now? I keep meaning to check and head back out there one of these weekends. I wanted to get a shot of the dune trails with green around them. Last time it had snowed recently.

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Old Jun 15, 2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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great
i have a pond next door..
i've not seen any catch and release.. i have however seen a number of times seeing herons tossing a fish in the air to grab it head first to swallow it. guess the fins prevent it unless it goes down head first..
sorry no pix..
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Interesting series, I have never seen a Heron drop a fish, although as Roy mentioned I have seen them flip a fish to turn it so it goes down head first.

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Great series, good shooting. I love the first shot just on it's own, terrific reflection and nice feather detail.

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Great series,

really like nr2&3

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Old Jun 16, 2009, 9:26 AM   #7
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Patty,

This is a Snowy Egret. It was visible from the road just after you enter the reserve at the first pull over. The shot of the reserve was taken down by the tower.

The Piping Plovers are nesting now and all the beaches are closed. Evie and I visit here frequently all year long.

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i have however seen a number of times seeing herons tossing a fish in the air to grab it head first to swallow it.
Roy,

Thanks for your reply. This is a Snowy Egret. I watched it's activity for some time. The bird was a good fisherman and I think it had eaten so many small fish it was just full and let this one go.

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Tom - See my response to Roy. It explains what I observed.

Rodney - Glad you enjoyed the series.

The white bird is hard to shoot. I think my exposure could have been better. I was at the full 400mm and still had to crop to get the images you are looking at.

Unfortunately in bright light I cannot see the screen on the camera when I chimp the shot so I do not see any problems until I get home and look on the computer screen.

Ronny - Thanks for looking. I got a kick out of watching this bird myself.

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It is unusual to see one reject a catch, and unlikely it would still be fishing if it were too full to swallow it. I can't tell what kind of fish it is - it may have been noxious or otherwise unpalatable to the bird. Whatever the reason, it is a good thing you were able to have documented so well.
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