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Jun 30, 2011

Deer in Holland Marsh Swamp

I spotted this white-tailed doe in the Holland Marsh swamp this afternoon.   She was poised beautifully atop a huge clump of willow tree stumps with the sun highlighting her tan colour against the backdrop of green everywhere.   It was a terrific photo if she would just wait while I stopped the car and got out with my camera.   It wasn't to be, of course.   As soon as I stopped the car, she fell from her perch and splashed in the canal which, at that point, is filled with with slash, cuttings, and stumps from the canal widening that has been underway for some time.   She was up to her chest in water and thrashing about in debris.   Eventually she dragged herself from the canal into shallower water in the swamp.   I took a couple of photos after she had calmed herself and wondered how long it would take for her to make her way out of the 100-acre swamp and back to gentler farmscapes nearby.   Further along the canal road, I spotted several Great Blue Herons, one of which is pictured below.
                                                                                                                             Photos by BarrytheBirder
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