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Special Report - WFF Smackdown Bout #1

Updated on November 9, 2012
Great Egret Waves to Crowd
Great Egret Waves to Crowd | Source
Great Blue Heron Smiles at His Fans
Great Blue Heron Smiles at His Fans | Source

The Contestants

Good morning, fans of the World Fishing Federation! Today is the day that we open up our series for Bout #1 between Great Egret and Great Blue Heron, the two top fishermen in their classes. Great Egret weighs in at 2.2 pounds with a 54-inch wingspan and Great Blue Heron outweighs him at a lean and mean 5.5 pounds with an 80-inch wingspan. Both birds are looking good and may the best one win today’s first competition of 2012.

Great Blue Heron Misses
Great Blue Heron Misses | Source

Great Blue Heron is Up First

Great Blue Heron is out in the water with a serious cast in his eye and holds great hopes for the future, along with forthcoming generations. As long as the water stays clear of hooks, loose fishing line, and general trash, there is a good chance that the species will proliferate. He wanders near the first jetty then moves to the southerly area with a couple of strikes, but nothing as of yet. He made several good tries and was very intent on the water. There were a few fish around, as they jumped out of the water, but not around him, which necessitated his movement.

The Crowd Comes In
The Crowd Comes In | Source

Fans, Weather, and the Crowd

A few of our fans arrived on their own power today and parking seems to be aplenty. The weather is overcast with a cool breeze, and there is a small general hope of rain. Yes, a very small hope, perhaps in the neighborhood of 20%. The lake is quiet with very few humans out in the area, and none were invited to this event as special guests.

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Great Egret
Great Egret | Source

The Great Egret's Turn

Back to our sporting event. This event is brought to you by the WFF, World Fishing Federation, Bout #1 between Great Egret and Great Blue Heron. All right fans, we now have Great Egret out on the water, a shining example of his class. He is now calmly strutting the same general vicinity that Great Blue Heron was. He appears confident, calm, cool and collected. When we interviewed him earlier, he wanted to pass on to the human fisherman not to empty their bilge pumps in the water, as that allows boat fuel to escape into the water. This is detrimental to the lives of water birds, who rely on water to make their habitat safe and clean for both adults and young birds.

Great Egret Got a Fish!
Great Egret Got a Fish! | Source

The Winner!

Great Egret has captured himself a fish, though a tiny one. It looks like he is the winner of this particular round today. Remember, everyone, that fish can be obtained on both the shoreline as well as in deeper waters, so it is important for trash not to be left on the water’s edge, for it will make itself into the water very easily. Properly dispose of sharp objects, fishing line and hooks, as they will choke, cut, or impale a delicate body or eyes.

Our contestants are on their way to other places, and we thank you for your attendance today. There are high hopes that you were entertained by this event, and we hope to see you at the next one.

On Their Way
On Their Way | Source
Great Egret Stretches
Great Egret Stretches | Source
Great Blue Heron Is a Bit Frazzled
Great Blue Heron Is a Bit Frazzled | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jim, I thought it might be an interesting way, too, to give a commercial about telling people how to protect wildlife.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I missed this one somehow, but found it when I searched these birds names to see what had been written about them. Clever way to present the contrast between the two birds Deb!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Connie. I'm glad that you enjoyed the way it was presented.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Loved this! I'm still chuckling. Your funny treatment of this subject is very effective. I like the way you injected the hazards water birds face and how to protect them as well. Pushed all the buttons and Voted Up.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for stopping by Teresa, and the great feedback. I thought I'd try something a little different this time.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, kashmir! It was a fun time!

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I loved your approach to this one. What a humourous way to not only introduce us to two beautful fishing birds but also to the perils they face from human pollution of their fishing grounds. So very well done!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very awesome hub with very beautiful photos,well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, vwriter. The blue heron does hold the title for the largest fish caught!

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      vwriter 4 years ago from US

      Gee, I was pulling for the Blue Heron. Maybe next time. Great pictures.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Suhail, I would love to read it. Maybe you can get some more current pictures so you won't have to reformat the older ones.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Pollyannalana. The Great Egret is stretching a wing. I know it looks odd at first, but if you take a good look at it, you'll see it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mhatter, I was wondering what kind of reaction I would get with the title. Glad that it was surprising.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Aviannovice,

      The actual full name of the ones found in Pakistan is Eastern Great Egret, which is a sub-specis of Great Egret.

      I am thinking of writing an article on the wildlife of Pakistan with my personal photographs from 1980s (unfortunately).

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      I can't get away from that 8th picture, the lower bird. I can't quite figure out what I am seeing. Great pictures, all and cute way of bringing your hub across.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations, you got me good! but what an idea. Don't make me type congratulations again. Oops... too late. :))

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, gamby. It was a fun and interesting day with the competitors.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great, Suhail! Maybe you can do a hub on birds, so I can see what they look like in that part of the world.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad that you got a kick out of this, Johan. I thought that it might be fun to do something a little different. Not only that, it seemed like a bit of a competition with those two today.

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      gamby79 4 years ago

      Splendid!!! I loved this and agree with Nettlemere...this hub is both entertaining and educational! Great pics too! You are getting better and better!!! Voted all up!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Great Egret and Great Ble Heron are both beautiful birds. Its funny how you brought information on them to us via a parody.

      Btw, I took a picture of Great Egret while on a wildlife observation trip to Pakistan, of all the places :-) I also took pictures of nestlings.

      Great to read hub and beautiful pictures.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      What an interresting approach-Wow!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nettlemere. This little parody on WWF hit me while I was watching these two birds this morning.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Entertaining and educational - great combination. Some of your captions really made me chuckle.

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