Water is life and so many creatures require clean bodies of it to thrive.  Not only fish, frogs, and water insects are dependent upon reliable water bodies, but so are many species of birds.  Many of us have been so fortunate as to meet a great blue heron or white egret spearfishing along water’s edge.  So many of our avian allies, however, lead a more discreet lifestyle, lurking amidst the shadows or scampering inconspicuously along the surf.  Please meet some such creatures!