Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wildlife at Waggles...

The nature of Williston (pretty heavily developed in an urban sprawl pattern with a few moderately sized fields in between) and the location of Waggles (in one of those "green" zones) means that there tends to be an abundance of wildlife that lives or hangs out on the property...Ducks, Turkeys, geese, deer and moose have been spotted wandering through the yard and parking lot. There's a pretty strong (and apparently healthy) pack of ground hogs that live in the back - we call him "Wally". All sorts of voles and mice find their way into the building living handsomely off the residue of dog cookies. Oh and the rabbits - my dogs in particular enjoy rolling (and then eating) rabbit poop.

I went out to Waggles last weekend to host run-throughs and as I pulled in (listening to car talk of course) I noticed movement in the distance - there was this gorgeous blue heron (that's my identification anyway - please correct me if I'm wrong) trying to eat his breakfast. Of course I had my camera so I stalked up to it taking pictures as I went...he didn't seem to be terribly worried about me coming close to him (or her) and pretty much focused on the meal at hand. I was worried that the grey bird standing in the shade wouldn't come out well - I'm surprised at how clear the pictures came out...Enjoy!

Initial spotting...


Getting closer....



And closer....


Too close!!! Bubba the Blue Heron departs for quieter picnic locations - what a gorgeous bird!!

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