Thursday, June 8, 2017

Holding her cousin...


This is Lorelei, holding her little cousin....don't you just love the look on her face!

She has been here the past two nights, but had to go home this evening.

She wanted to go to Mansfield and wade and fish and hunt for crawdads.  Before we got there, we realized that the Big Raccoon is still almost up and not too far from being out of banks.  So, rather than go down the road and on to Mansfield, we went up  and across the dam, and parked and walked down to the water.  I wish I had taken a photo of the little dock.  Water was up level with it, and you could see that the water had complete covered it and its railings.

Anyway, I mentioned over here on my other blog about the Great Blue Herons landing on the water.  This was in water way over my head.   They only landed and then took off immediately...the tips of their wings touching the water.  I had fully expected to see them struggle.

I have only ever seen them land in shallow water.  In talking with a blog friend, I got to wondering if they could swim, and I remembered seeing a video of an eagle swimming...



this is not the one I seen, maybe I saw it on TV.  But if you go here, you will see several samples of Bald Eagles swimming.

So I thought, maybe Blue Herons can swim, so did a minimal search...and I found a couple samples.



While I feel this was in fairly shallow water, I do feel like it was floating along.  And it had to fly to where it could stand.

I am 60 years old and yesterday was a first for me....but I sure hope I get to witness it again....

16 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

This is such an adorable picture of Lorelei and the baby! I hope you got to wade and fish! I was over 50 before I saw a blue Heron. They are truly spectacular!

Paula said...

Truly a picture of love. The water pictures are nice too.

Nancy Chan said...

I could see the love and tenderness on Lorelei face. She will make a good mother when she grows up. I didn't know eagle can swim. Thank you for the video! Have a beautiful day!

Tom said...

...two sweeties.

Karen said...

That is interesting about the eagles and herons. Lorelei is so sweet holding the precious baby. I'm glad she got to spend two days with you!

Sandra said...

this is amazing, I have never seen a heron or an eagle swim or even float, L looks so sweet

Betsy Adams said...

What an awesome picture of Lorelei and the baby... Lorelei has the sweetest look on her face... SO special.

I loved that last video of the heron 'swimming' ... Amazing.

Hugs,
Betsy

Henny Penny said...

Yes, I do love the look on Lorelei's sweet face. She is such a sweetie pie anyway. We have Great Blue Herons that visit our pond. They just wade along the edge looking for fish.

Linda Gross said...

Such a sweet picture of Lorelei and her cousin.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Lorelei's look is one of complete love.

Patsy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
That is really something to see them swim.

Mildred said...

Very interesting videos.
Lorelei looks adorable holding the baby. So sweet.
I know you all enjoyed being together.

Denise inVA said...

A very sweet photo of Lorelei and her cousin. So many of your photos will be treasured in the years ahead. Amazing videos! I never knew eagles could swim, herons also. Learned something new today, thank you Rose. Another very enjoyable post.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I thought "sweet picture" but everyone else said the same thing! Then I thought how much Lorelei looks just like she did a few years ago...so pretty. Interesting vids of the birds. I never ever thought about any bird swimming except DUCKS!
Have a great weekend.
xx, Carol

Small City Scenes said...

I have never seen a Heron in the water like that either----and by golly I am older than you---yipes!!!!
MB

Bonny Bonafilla said...

What a sweet photo of Lorelei and her cousin.
Amazing bird images. I'd never have imagined that an eagle would swim. Incredible!

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