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Watershed Surprise

There is a man-made watershed near where I stay which I do not visit often enough though it is just across the road.


Today, as I took the photo above, I saw something white moving towards me. 




Is this a heron?


Recently, I traveled to a Nature Park, paid entry tickets, walk a few miles and climbed up towers to watch migratory birds.
I failed to take a single decent shot of any bird.

At home, this white heron just walked right towards me!
It must have thought I was part of the landscape.




See its reflection in the muddy water?
It came so close that there was no need for zoom lens; not that I have any.
I was hoping that the bird would come close enough for me to take a macro shot of its eyes...


Fat hopes ... for now.
Maybe next time.

19 comments:

  1. Hi, beautifu and interesting pictures.. nice heron..

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  2. Love your photos of the heron. I saw these in Costa Rica, beautiful birds. Also croc food there.

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  3. That's fantastic! So fun to capture an unexpected moment!

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  4. You always get the best pictures when you find something unexpected :)

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  5. :) Here in Venice you can see Herons just in centre of the city. Excuse me for inserting a link to my blog, but I want to show you one I recently met, very close to a public boat stop.
    Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures, but I had to take action in a hurry.
    Here it is.

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  6. Wonder shots! How special that this encounter was near your home. Perhaps you will see this beautiful bird again, and maybe more like him!

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  7. So, this is a heron. That's great! They could be migratory birds as I see more of them around in Malaysian ponds like ex-mine pools and also near my home here where there's a river flowing by during the winter months of Dec and Jan.

    One, I read from fengshui books that birds bring good news and opportunities and their feathers can be used as protection during travelling.

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous CNY!

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  8. What luck. Perhaps you will be spending more time near the water and will find more wildlife surprises.

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  9. Water look so cool there. I don't know why but I cannot read what you have written the background and font are in the same colour. My family and I would like to wish you and your family A Happy Chinese New Year. Hope the rabbit year will bless you good fortune and health.

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  10. That white heron might be a good omen for the coming new lunar year One. Hope it will bring you good luck and prosperity. Happy Chinese New Year to you and family!

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  11. How serendipitous for you One. Will watershed visits be regular now? ;-)

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  12. What a wonderful encounter, and a beautiful bird!

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  13. I love the last picture. It tells how desperate you are.

    Haha...

    Happy Chinese New Year and all the best to you.

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  14. Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year! The heron must be a sign of good luck. I have yet to see any water birds haha.

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  15. Hope you get a macro shot next time! Good for you now that you won't have to go far to get good shots of birds! Beautiful heron!

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  16. How cool! That's a beautiful and lucky sight. I love water birds. :)

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  17. What a wonderful experience! It must have felt very comfortable around you to come so close. Take that as a compliment from Mother Nature. :o)

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  18. Hi! Herons that live in Venice lagoon are sedentary. (See this Wikimap).

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  19. Beautiful captures of the Heron One! It is so joyous to have these encounters with nature's wildlife. May you have many many more such days!!

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