Rocking the Hop

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Great White Egret: “Hmmm… Wonder what this rock hopping is like…

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Well, let’s see…Up and away! Wheee…

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Oh, what a landing! I like rock hopping!

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But I see a bigger fish for the taking at the next stop. Off we go…”

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Great Blue Heron: “Hey, Whitey Egret! Look at me! I’m rocking the log hop!”

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Credit:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rock Hop

Gladiator sizing up the hop to the rock…

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and…take off !

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and landing on the rock in a (fly)hop!

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Gladiator: “Ah, good stuff, this rock hop fishing…”

But he quickly decides to relocate because there’s a camera person over there on the bridge!

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Gladiator: “Safe retreat! And another lush fishing outlet. Camera person won’t bother me here…”

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Credit:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

 

Rock and Wind Fishing

Hopping from rock to rock to follow and catch fish is a favorite game of the Great Blue Heron.

Read Harvey’s story (BELOW):

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Harvey: “Sorry, Teddy and Eddy White Egret; move back. This is my fishing rock.”

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Harvey: “And I see ya, fish…

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and I gotcha!

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Yum! But, it is a bit windy…

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today…Ooooop! A little help from my wings…

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should…Oooops!…do…!…Where’s the — (oooohhhhh…that’s cold!) — rock?”

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Credit:
Story and Ph0tos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Got Any More of This Stuff, Mom?

“Hmmm…Hmmm…Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Mom! So good!”

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“Mom that stuff’s great! What’s it called again?”

“That’s peanut butter, Dumplin'”

“Got any more?”

“Manners, please. What do good girls say?”

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“Please. Plleeaasseee?”

“What a good girl…

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but I’m afraid I’m not done with this one, yet.”

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“Are you sure, Mom?”

A FEW DAYS LATER:

“Hmmmmmmmmm…Hmmmm…Hmmm…

This one’s different, Mom, but just as good! Hmmm…You’re the best, Mom!”

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All peanut butter tuckered out, and in her dreams…”Hmmm…Hmmm. Wake me up when there’s more, Mom. Hmmmm…”

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Credits:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

Kissing Cardinals

A pair of Cardinals have been nesting and playing in our backyard, generously displaying pecks of affection:

The Spiderman Kiss…

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“Lionel, never mind that Spiderman stuff — there’s still work to do!”

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The “Okay-Let’s-Get-Back-to-Work” Post Kiss work positions…

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“Okay, Honey; will this gem of a blade of grass help?”

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“Really, Lionel? I’m working off my tail feathers in here and you bring me that! Oh, well, bring it in. Hubby, what I really want is plastic in here for water-proofing…”

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“All right, dear. We’ll find some after a snack. The lunch break “Here-Honey-Have-A-Seed” Kiss…

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“Ohhh…! This plastic is so hard to hang onto!”

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“Ohhh, LI-o-Nel!!!”  Plasticized!

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“Are you playing hide and seek, Honey?” asks the Last Kiss of the Day Seeker. “Come out! It’s enough work for one day…”

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A Rescue-and-Thank-You Kiss…

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“It looks solid, Honey.”

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“It feels comfortable, Lionel. I think our egglets will lie safely.”

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Before parting, pillow talk following an After-Glow Kiss…

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Settling in… “Goodnight, Lionel.”

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“Goodnight, Honey…” Time to leave her alone, now (Lionel knows), and to wait in the Tree Corridor, and to keep watch…

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Fledglings to follow soon!

(Also see http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com — (“Our Cardinal Pair”)

FishEyes

“Mom. Really? A FishEye lens view of me?”

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“Ha, ha, ha! Very funny, Mom!”

“What, Cee-Cee? Sarcasm? It’s a riot! You do look very funny!”

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“Well, sure, right. So… Give the camera to me for a minute…”

Overhead Photos

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“Hey, Mom, lots of birds are flying overhead!”

“So I see. Should we take some pictures?”

“You bet! At the bridge?”

“We’ll get a few here in the yard first. They’re really coming over!”

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“Look, Marge, there’s the Pup and that red-hooded thing again!”

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“Yes, Red is pointing that black thing at us again, too. Fly higher, over the trees!”

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“Mom, they’re going higher!”

“Yes. Let’s go to the bridge for better photos.”

“They come pretty low at the bridge sometimes, don’t they, Mom?”

“Exactly!”

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“See? I told you. They follow us to the bridge!”

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“Aha, I told you back! The red thing is just the Pup’s human.”

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“Whoa! Haha! That was a close one!”

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“Herman! You clown! Don’t get so close!”

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“C’mon, Marge. Swoop’em! It’s fun!”

“See? Isn’t this great?!”

“It’s dangerous, Herman!”

“Ah, look, the Pup’s getting tired. They’ll leave soon. We’ll go higher and disappear into the cloudy sky. C’mon.”

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“Mom?”

“Yes, Sweetie Pie?”

“Are you almost done?”

“Getting bored? Okay, just a couple more.”

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“All right, Mom…

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but you always say that…”

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