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Old Oct 17, 2009, 10:08 AM   #1
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Back some time ago, there was a thread dealing with favorite places for nature photography. I thought of that yesterday while shooting out at the fish hatchery operated by the state Game and Fish Commission. This is the one place I'm usually guaranteed to find a good variety of birds, although yesterday they were somewhat sparse. However, it was a great day to take a couple of shots of the hatchery grounds themselves. The hatchery has some two dozen or so large ponds separated by levees. At any given time about a third of them are drained to allow growth of bottom vegetation. The ponds are separated by levees (visiting vehicles are not allowed on the levees--the folks there have no interest in pulling cars out of ponds for careless motorists)



There is a continuing war between the biologists who raise the fish and predatory birds, particularly in the fall and winter, when ospreys move in. Tactics include parking hatchery trucks on the levees, bright streamers strung across the ponds, firing shotguns in the air, etc. However, they recognize the value of the resource for those of us interested in bird watching and photography, and there is a very nice photo blind.



However, I've seldom gotten a good shot from there because you're dependent on the birds coming to one of two particular ponds. The problem shooting out on the levees, of course, is that there is no such thing as cover.

I was struck yesterday while walking along the edge of the grounds by this dead tree sticking up out of a row of hardwoods.



Truly one of my favorite places around the Hot Springs area.

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Nice job, Paul

Have a great weekend.

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Looks like a beautiful place to get your bird shots. Sorry to hear you didn't have more yesterday.

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I was struck yesterday while walking along the edge of the grounds by this dead tree.

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Sorry, Paul - I couldn't resist.

You are lucky to have such a place nearby.
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My mind went the same way as Penolta's - I wondered how much it hurt when the dead tree hit you.

Amazing how the English language can be purposefully misinterpreted.

I really do like your pictures, they are very nice. And you are lucky to have such a good place to go bird watching.
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Very nice pictures of a very lovely spot. I know several people who work in Vermont's hatcheries, and they have the exact same problems with birds of prey grabbing quick snacks from the ponds.
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Lovely area to take bird photos. What's a few fish here and there to keep the birds happy?

Wonderful pictures of the hatchery.

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Nice series of peaceful looking countryside, except I guess when the shotguns are going off.

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My mind went the same way as Penolta's - I wondered how much it hurt when the dead tree hit you.

Amazing how the English language can be purposefully misinterpreted.
Considering what I would do to a student who turned in to me such an ambiguous utterance, I must admit I deserve a drubbing with multiple copies of E.B. White's "Elements of Style." Can I blame it on a pretty decent California merlot?

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Can I blame it on a pretty decent California merlot?
That's right, blame it on California!
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