Some pictures from the big pond.
Apparently raccoons can swim:
We were pretty sure that herons visited the pond, but hadn’t seen one till a couple of days ago, when it was captured via the camera. Here’s a heron landing:
And strolling around in the shallow part of the pond:
The heron visited again that night; I didn’t realize they were nocturnal hunters too. Here it has a frog, which it ate (sorry about the spiderweb in front of the camera):
Yesterday I waded into the pond and righted the fountain pump, which had fallen (or was pushed) over, and switched it on:
The fountain helps aerate the water. We also have a waterfall and stream, but that tends to make the pond level drop, so we usually don’t have it active.
Here’s the fountain pump:
I noticed one of the water lily baskets on its side, so righted that too, and found several sacs of salamander eggs on it. Interesting how the stalks were trying to compensate for being on its side, too:
Here’s a salamander:
The pond level was low, so I also turned on the water to the pond taps, and turned on the tap to top up the pond: