Decisions, decisions! I opted to start at Grenadier Pond.
Then stopped briefly at the zoo.
Then off to the duck ponds near the children’s playground.
This is a fab spot to photograph Wood Ducks, Great Egrets, Green Herons and Kingfishers.
There’s a little story about these catfish. Six of us were taking our pictures when a chatterbox joined in. After some time, the listener’s ear was beyond fatigued. Said photographer (not me) asked chatterbox (not me – I photographed them earlier) directed the individual to the catfish. Ah, silence reigned for 20 minutes.
On day one there was one egret present. The photographers said three egrets were foraging prior to my arrival. On day two I arrived a bit earlier and saw three. Of course, he who arrived shortly after sunrise viewed seven in the pond. One Great Egret foraged within 20 feet of us. A good time was had by all.
The water levels are low. The water lilies are spreading and clogging the ponds.
As the Great Blue Herons and others have less room to forage, they are appearing below, just beyond and above the boardwalk.
Last Sunday a photographer in full camo gear sporting two cameras said he photographed a black heron. I scratched my head. I asked to see a photo but he was so over the moon happy that he didn’t heard me. Yesterday, August 6th, a couple reported observing a brown heron. I asked to see a photo but it was buried in the hundreds of photographs they took during the day. I remained puzzled. Today, I ran into a photographer I met several weeks ago. He spoke of a melanistic Great Blue Heron. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat????? As I had helped him out previously he told me exactly where to find it. What a brilliant sight. I will be returning soon to try for better shots.
You never know what you’ll find at Hendrie!