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Waiting for Spring

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

With blue skies coming back to Michigan the past two days, it brought to mind images of Spring. I found this photo I took in warmer weather to help remind us all that Spring isn’t far away. The Green Heron was in a local wetland area as I captured this moment.

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Eagle’s Perch

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I ran across this beautiful American Bald Eagle in Holland, Michigan as it perched on a tree branch overlooking a nearby lake.

 

Greens

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this colorful pair of Green Herons resting in a tree that overlooked a wetland area earlier this year in Southwest Michigan. I’ve seen them hunting for frogs and fish there in the past.

 

A Rare Sight

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I’ve been told the Red Phalarope, a small shorebird, is rarely seen in SouthWest Michigan. I was happy to see this one today in Muskegon County, Michigan as I ventured out on a grey and windy Autumn morning. True to its nature, it was wading along the shoreline feeding and didn’t seem to be a bit bothered by me as I photographed it. I captured this moment as it stretched its wings before going back to its methodical feeding along the shore.

 

Wetland Flight

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I recently took some time to look through my image files when I found this photo I took of a Great Blue Heron flying over a wetland area in Michigan. Canada Geese are seen in the background as well. (Click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged version)

Boater at Peace

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

A boater guided his craft in the peaceful waters of Pigeon Lake in Ottawa County, Michigan recently. I captured the moment as the sun was setting, giving a golden-orange hue to the surrounding waters. (click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed view)

 

Wilderness Fishing

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This morning I went to visit an Ottawa County, Michigan wetland area where I’ve seen Great Blue Herons fishing as they waded through the shallow waters there. Today I was happy to see another visitor, a Great White Egret as it was doing the same, testing its fishing skills among the tall reeds. To give you an idea of scale for the photo, the Great White Egret is about a meter tall (Over 3 feet).

Great Blue in Green

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I discovered this Great Blue Heron fishing in a wetland area today in Holland, Michigan. It was fun to watch from the top of a hill looking down toward the bird as it waded through the water, patiently looking for some fish to catch. I chose this moment as one of my favorites while it was surrounded by green reflections in the water and green reeds in the background.

Tough Meal

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I was visiting a wetland area in Zeeland, Michigan this afternoon, I spotted this Great Blue Heron looking for its dinner. It was interesting to watch as the long legged bird waded through the water looking for fish, frogs, etc. It ended up finding a small turtle, which it had trouble swallowing. I watched for a while as it continued trying along the shore in an area that was partially obscured from view, until it decided to fly away with the little turtle in its beak. I wonder if the big bird gave up eventually on the tough little turtle. (Click on any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed photo)

Green Among the Green

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Green Heron today in a West Michigan wetland area among green foliage and reeds. I’ve found this particular type of bird to be shy around people. They seem more at ease under cover and moments later this one was hidden from sight.

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