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  • Posted Jan. 13, 2011 by Brenda Nelson Viewed 4020 times

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These are some of our winter visitors on the pond behind our house.

A couple of days ago, this beautiful blue heron stopped by our little body of water…

…but didn't stick around to let me get another photo!

Then later in the day, a flock of geese landed in the side yard.

They wanted to get in the water, but these two swans had taken up residency. Someone told us that geese won't go near swans. (You may need to enlarge this one)

This swan posed, but the other one had it's head in the water, making ripples on the surface

After the swans left for the larger lake, the geese finally got their chance!

The next morning, all that was left was this lonely little duck! Today, the pond is frozen over and none of them are here!

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    • # Huiching

      Oooooh.... I really enjoyed the story of what was going on right behind your house, Brenda! It is completely different from what I have by looking out of my apartment. Okay, well, I have got a lot of waterlilies to enjoy. Hahaha...

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    • # Sherij

      Yep Heron's don't stick around much when people are around. They are flighty birds. I wish we had Swans they are so elegant! Great captures!

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    • # Sara G

      How entertaining in your own back yard! I know you always keep that camera handy..Great shots..Love to watch "happenings" of nature..I've thought before looking out the window to my back yard is like looking at a screen saver..this comes and goes..then another, then another :-)

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    • # Ray

      These shots may not be as close as mine, Brenda, but the colors are great. Almost appear more Autumn than winter. Beautiful set.

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    • # Moira

      Lovely little story to your takes. I actually like the tones and colours in the second one it is very appealing

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    • # Kate

      Beautiful captures which all make for a wonderful post - I think the duck actully looks quite victorious but that maybe because your excellent narrative led me there

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    • # Jacki

      I like the heron, some how it always feels like you are seeing a 'regal' bird don't you think? Swans of course are always beautiful, too bad they are so foul tempered!

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    • # Marsha

      I love those blue herons...have only seen a couple in the wild....beautiful birds! The whole post is lovely and the last one has wonderful light!

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    • # Jeff Cornish

      Very nice shots Brenda! You have a paradise behind you. That last one is going to my favorites!

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    • # Terry

      I like them all, as usual, but I really like the last one. It looks like Big Creek to me too. Very nice!

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    • # Julie

      Beautiful pictures and entertaining story to go along with them! You had plenty of feathered friends visiting! Is this at Big Creek?

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