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   I'm a retired website builder and amateur photographer and decided to merge those two interests with this website. 

   My interest in photography is primarily due to the variety of birds and the abundance of wildlife in South Florida where I moved to in 2018.  

   Both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve are a short drive from Naples and where I tend to go to take photos, along with the many closer nature parks, rookeries, and preserves in my area.

   The vast majority of photos were taken in Florida, exceptions will be clearly marked.

Birds / Great Blue Heron - Powder Down

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Great Blue Heron - Powder Down

Great Blue Herons have patches of powder down feathers on their chest that the heron can crumble into a powder-like substance with its foot. The heron is able to apply this powder to its underbelly in order to prevent them from becoming slimy and oily from wading in the swamps all day. This powder will cause the slime to clump up and the heron can simply brush it away with its feet. They also use this powder is to remove the slimy oils from fish. The heron just needs to drop some powder on its fishy meal for an oil-free meal. This powder plays into the hygiene of a bird that wades around in swamps all day.

Great Blue Heron - Powder Down
Great Blue Heron - Powder Down

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