Fishing at Area Dams

At any time in the Summer, Fall, or Spring, it’s easy to find Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Gulls, White Egrets, and others looking to catch fish that cascade over the dams near Defiance and Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Take a look:

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And everybody always finds enough to eat!

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Credit:
All Photos at this blog are from the Out-of-Camera personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Powerful Wings

When a Great Blue Heron’s instinct to fly off is obeyed, his wings literally appear to grow out from his body as they come unfurled before straightening completely to gain more lift.

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The amazing, powerful-looking connection of bone structure to body and wing is apparent, here (ABOVE). Also visible are the stout, brownish-yellowish upper legs and the long, black skinny lower legs to which are attached stick-like feet that allow this bird to walk steadily in the water as he searches for fish.

*****Credit:
Out-of-camera photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Great Blue Herons and White Egrets Fish Their Fill

If you’ve never watched a Great Blue Heron, or a White Egret, fish, you’ve missed some wonderful entertainment.

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Both these hardy fishing birds have substantially long beaks which they use amazingly easily to snatch swimming fish (Close-up ABOVE).

The snaps (BELOW) show that the heron occasionally will swim around branches, rocks, or other river obstacles, to hunt for his fish.

(BELOW): Once disturbed, off the big bird goes to another favorite fishing spot!

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The snaps (BELOW) of a White Egret were taken from the other side of the width of the Maumee River, north of the bridge at Napoleon, Ohio.

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(BELOW): An Egret generally changes his fishing venue more often than a heron, even if not provoked. He will fly-hop along the shoreline to find suitable fishing locations.

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Credit:
All Photos in “My Special Photos” are out-of-camera and completely un-retouched from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

 

White-Breasted Nuthatch

With warm weather still in vogue and bird feeders filled, opportunities are present for winged wonders to find some free seeds, like this hungry White-Breasted Nuthatch who cautiously checks his surroundings before zooming in for dinner.

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In Addition:
Read the Nuthatch’s “cat swipe” story at:
http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com