Along the Air Line... 2019 - Summer, Part 10
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 27th. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) ambling along in shallow water. (These days, the marsh is all shallow water and emergent vegetation.)

 

 

 

 

 

High steppin', gently treading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmm, something in the distance caught it's attention.

 

 

Oh, a Great Egret (Ardea alba).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After some aerial gymnastics, the heron started stalking the egret.

 

 

 

 

 

I was expecting some sort of fireworks but the heron simply passed by...

 

 

...very...

 

 

...very...

 

 

...slowly.

 

 

 

 

 

The egret flew ahead a bit...

 

 

...and stayed close.

 

 

August 28th. The Great Egret (Ardea alba) was around again. (So rare at the marsh, I went overboard with photos. (This is only the third or fourth I've seen here in just over 18 years of near-daily walks.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three young male Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa).

 

 

...and a Green Frog (Rana clamitans) in the shadows of the channel side.