Thursday, April 16, 2009

Large wading bird eludes camera but mourning dove sits for portrait on April 15, 2009

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of mourning dove on the southeast corner of the Hill Place student-apartment complex being constructed on fill dirt in the former overflow area of the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River about 250 feet from the Heritage Trail in south Fayetteville, Arkansas.

I had walked down to the northeast corner of the Hoodenpyle property after getting a call that a large heron or crane had sailed into the Town Branch. The big bird had drifted downstream from where it had alighted and, when I approached, flew out behind the riparian trees without allowing me an open view for a photograph. But the dove sat calmly for a portrait. The still-unidentified elusive large wading bird or a similar one had also been seen by several men standing at the Hill Place entry from Eleventh Street and South Duncan a couple of hours earlier as it flew from the Town Branch westward over the World Peace Wetland Prairie. South Hill Avenue, Eleventh Street and South Duncan Avenue in that area all are a part of the Heritage Trail.

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