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Silent Hunter
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This is not the first time I've posted a photo of "Pumpkin, Jr." (His name is a whole other story I might tell some day). He is HUGE--I think the biggest frog in the pond. And I think he may escape being captured by the voracious Little Green Heron because Pumpkin stays on the opposite side of the pond from where LGH operates.
I worry more about the goofy looking "newbie" shown in the discussion area.

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  New Frog in the Pond
New Frog in the Pond

He is TINY...and completely unaware of the mortal danger that lurks only yards away from where he is relaxing.

The heron will almost CERTAINLY prey on him.
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Michelle Alton
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The little "newbie" frog.

7/11/2012 4:37:33 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Great captures of "Nature" Michelle!

7/11/2012 5:04:54 AM

Karen E. Michaels

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Two excellent studies, Michelle.

7/11/2012 5:12:16 AM

Gord MacEachern
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Newbie will either learn to be pond smart real fast or "not"! Lol...
Great capture and info as always Michelle!

7/11/2012 5:21:40 AM

Neal D. Hatcher
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Beautiful captures and super info.

7/11/2012 5:39:46 AM

Monnie Ryan
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Mr. P. looks as if he's been around the block a few times - hopefully he'll be wily enough to avoid becoming lunch! Well done!

7/11/2012 6:49:01 AM

Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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Right out of a story book! I love the color and all together kind of mysterious feel to this well captured image, Michelle. I wonder what would happen if you kissed him. HEHE!

7/11/2012 8:32:59 AM

Tiia Vissak
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a great find!

7/11/2012 9:03:19 AM

Carol L. Fowler
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Life and death on the pond. We went hiking last week and saw a bald eagle get a duckling. Alas, it is the way of the world.

7/11/2012 10:39:08 AM

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Natures balance of life may be hard, but it works perfectly! Two wonderful images well presented, Michelle!

7/11/2012 1:43:36 PM

Anita N. Hogue
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Such a wonderful and fun capture! They are both excellent captures!

7/11/2012 2:01:48 PM

Terry Cervi
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Oh, your goofy little newbie is adorable! I hope he evades the heron. Pumpkin is a great name for the chubby frog! Terrific work, Michelle!

7/11/2012 2:28:59 PM

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@Terry: The goofy little newbie WAS adorable. She, unfortunately, was NOT paying attention this afternoon, or was not aware of the lurking danger. She was captured, turned, dunked, turned, in a cycle that seemed to go on forever. Finally her head was positioned properly, facing the little heron's throat and down she went. The good news is that about 10 nearby frogs scattered immediately.

Whew! I have THE predation photos.

7/11/2012 2:33:18 PM

Kathy Reeves
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Pumpkin looks very content! Excellent photos of all of your pond character. Poor little Newbie. The heron is probably eating of two or three or more!!!

7/11/2012 4:52:24 PM

Thomas E. Hinds
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Viva la Pumpkin Jr.! Great capture, Michelle!

7/12/2012 5:27:23 PM

Jeffrey R. Bange
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Great capture Michelle of Pumpkin Jr., your pond sure seems to provide you with an endless source of photo opportunities.

7/12/2012 8:42:05 PM

Jill Odice
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After reading abouit the fate of the Newbie, I appreciate seeing him in a happier time :-) Pumpkin Jr.looks like a smarter frog:-)

7/13/2012 9:34:13 AM

Lindley Johnson
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Terrific nature images, Michelle. I'm sure you're enjoying all the photo opportunities at your pond - and I'm enjoying seeing them.

7/14/2012 2:04:57 PM

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Great capture and good info!

7/21/2012 11:06:53 PM

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