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We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Long legged fisherman of the marsh

The lake at Black Moshannon is an ecological wonder.  It is home to many species of birds and all kinds of aguatic life.  Without question there has to be tons of fish but catching them offers many challenges.  If you have ever visited this lake you can't help but notice the enormous amount of Lily pads.  The fish love the cover and food these provide while the fishermen doesn't share this enthusiasm.  One particular fisherman isn't bothered by the Lily pads and that is the Great Blue Heron.  They just walk among the pads and have no problem filling their tummys with fish.

As we glided through the water in our kayaks we couldn't help but admire this giant and elegant bird as he looked for his next meal.  Great Blue Herons are huge birds with wing spans reaching 6 feet from wing tip to wing tip.  Back in the 19th century Blue Herons were hunted for their beautiful feathers.  The feathers were used to decorate womens hats and this practice actually led to their depletion.  As a result of that, in the early 20th century a law was passed to ban the hunting of the Great Blue Heron.  Perhaps the Royal family isn't aware of this law.

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