Water Splashers

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The Skimmer gull is a superior fisher from the air. Like the Eagle, he can spot a fish near the surface of the water and skim and scoop to catch his prey. The Skimmer leaves an incredible splash and trail of water in his wake. This fellow has successfully caught up a small fish which dangles from his beak as he returns to the air.

As an amateur photographer, I certainly value this picture (ABOVE) as one of my favorites — not an easy catch!

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The triumphant Skimmer is airborne once more, and the fish can still be seen protruding from his beak.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Fish-Filled Neck Line

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Great Blue Herons are known for their fishing abilities. The reality is they gulp up fish at a rate too fast to completely swallow!

Check out this big fellow’s gullet (BELOW); it’s stuffed, but his neck line below is at its normally slim size as he tries to swallow all he can catch.

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Herons and Egrets frequent the waters of the Maumee River in the backyard of our apartment building from the middle of September to the middle of October yearly. They are one of Nature’s great entertainers.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg