A Green Heron, a turtle, some dragon flies and a few tadpoles

April 17, 2015 Nature

Today was something.  Sighted a turtle sunning itself on the reeds, near the back of the pond …

Turtle catching some sun on a reed raft

Turtle catching some sun on a reed raft

Two quite large, flying, copulating dragon flies – of such beautiful iridescent colors, locked in tandem head to tail, flashing color all about over the top of the pond, on such an early dull brown spring day.

And Tadpoles – but only in the sections providing cover.

And … a (The?) Green Heron showed up a couple days ago.  Then again yesterday. Today too?  We’ll see.  Lurks about at the back of the pond – sometimes up in a willow branch.  I got a pic – cropped the bit with the heron in it too.  But took the shot from top of the hill with 10x mag … heron was tucked in the back among the reeds.  Two pics:

View of the Heron in the reeds

View of the Heron in the reeds

The Green Heron

The Green Heron

And phragmite shoots.  On land, and in the water.  Seems the muskrats didn’t eat all of the phrags.  Maybe some cats and water lilies survived too?