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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Heron - Caught and Freed

I was taking photos of my favourite subject, the Heron, when I got this great photo. She is very beautiful in flight.

If you look closely you can see a tape of some kind fastened to her upper left leg. It was about 4 to 8 meters long. She had been caught somewhere.

You can only see it when the sunlight is behind her. It is fastened high on her left leg.

Sometimes you cannot see it at all because it is transparent.

Here it is quite clearly visible. I tried to catch her to release her from this dangerous tape. As she walked across the sidewalk the tape dragged behind her. I was not successful.

The next morning Judy and I went back to the park to try to get her and remove the tape. We brought some bread to lure her. She loves bread. It makes a great snack with the fish!

On close examination we discovered the tape had already been removed. Wonderful!

So we threw the bread in the water and watched her hunt.

The fish were eating the bread and she was hunting the fish. But she had competition. There was a Blue Heron under the foot bridge also watching the action.

Here is the Blue Heron from the other side. She is exactly like the Blue Heron I used to see in Toronto in Taylor Creek.

They both watched the fish and they both dove after the fish and had a real party.
As the saying goes, "All's well that ends well!"

Photos by Urso Branco

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