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Tough Meal

BlueTakeOff

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)

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Blanding’s Turtle

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Blanding’s Turtle enjoying some sun on a log in Ottawa County, Michigan.

Turtle

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Here is a close up photo I took today of a turtle in Muskegon, Michigan going through a sandy area. It was approximately one foot in length, but I’m not sure what type of turtle it was. Below is an overall shot showing its shell and markings on its neck.

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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