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Often Described Heron Trunk

This is an image best viewed large since the article is all about the details here.

Below is a ‘trunk’ I have tried to describe as part of multiple other articles. Here a Black-crowned Night Heron sits on a supporting pilon. A favorite fishing spot.

Water flows through the wood gate on the far right side. Alligator warnings and other rules are posted on it.

Often Described Heron Trunk
Often Described Heron Trunk

The main part of the structure, a huge wooden rectangular box runs underground, right through the middle of this dike.

Another wooden gate is on the other side. Opening and closing each side regulates the water flow back and forth. The marshes all have trunks. You could open them in a row of  connected dikes. That means water flows back and forth, through all the trunks, to regulate hundreds of marshes. A clever system that was first in use along the west African coast, hundreds of years ago.

A small Heron like below, or Egrets, can be found standing right in that same spot. A few times I was sure it was the same Night Heron until I noticed a second one watching from nearby.

Often Described Heron Trunk
Often Described Heron Trunk

It’s very simple to look below, spot a small fish, then drop down and grab him. The water is deep, may have a current, or more likely…an Alligator. They like fish too.

A Christmas Duck

Merry Christmas to all. This year we were blessed with duck.

The famous Bangor Police Department ‘Duck Of Justice’.

A Christmas Duck
A Christmas Duck

Officer TC (Tim Cotton) took an old worn stuffed duck from a dumpster and introduced him to the Bangor PD interrogation room. He became the ‘Duck Of Justice’, fame followed and the rest is history.

Now 320,000 friends follow the day to day of the Bangor PD on Facebook.

The DOJ has a small glass case, in a special museum, in headquarters. Stars of TV, Film, Sports, and photography all visit the duck for a selfie… no really!  He has been on a US tour, and of course TV. Visitors are always welcome, you might even get cookies.

A Christmas Duck
A Christmas Duck

Above is the well known Quote Of Duck.

We have not seen our friend for a few years but my Sister in-Law and Brother in-Law reminded the DOJ to send along a Merry Christmas to the southern expats.

If you ever visit Facebook, go see TC and the DOJ. Enjoy a gentle and humorous face a being with the police in Bangor.

A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all out there on the ‘interweb’.