The Morning on the Lake was For the Birds

A beautiful morning on the lake in the kayak.  No wind, bright sunshine, cool temperatures, and even the jet skis were being polite.  I didn’t see many turtles today, but I made up for that with the variety of birds.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

A Shore Bird

A Shore Bird

This little guy kept flitting out in front me.

Kingfisher with Breakfast

Kingfisher with Breakfast

I’ve seen the kingfishers before, but none had sat still long enough for me to get a decent shot.  This guy had his breakfast.

Heron

Heron

Heron

Heron

Heron Landing

Heron Landing

This heron is likely the same one I saw last week and was in the same place.  Perhaps near a nest?

Osprey in Flight

Osprey in Flight

Soaring Osprey

Soaring Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Here was the surprise of the morning, an osprey.  I wasn’t sure what it was until getting home and looking it up.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Young Eagle

Young Eagle

Young Eagle

Young Eagle

There was also a pair of eagles, both a mature one and a young one.  The mature one flew up and headed straight away from me, so not the best shot, but young one posed in a tree.

Deer

Deer

Not a bird, but saw these deer across the lake.

All together a great day on the lake.  I hope your day has been a good one, too.

Mark

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Jane Shoup July 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Great photos, Mark! Love the ones of the osprey. I have never seen one at Duck Lake, or if I did I didn’t realize what it was. I know that there used to be an osprey nest on a tower structure in a pond along 31, but I don’t think it is there any longer and I never did see a bird on it. I think I saw “your” heron again yesterday. I have seen a pair of eagles like you describe, an adult and a juvenile, a couple different times but always in flight. Just sent you a photo of two immature eagles that were posing for me yesterday. Keep shooting those great shots!

  2. Karen Burns July 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    great wing span on that osprey and I do love the graceful next on the heron. hope all is good. take care of Rose 🙂

  3. Craig Bruntlett July 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Mark, great photos. I too like the osprey … and the King Fisher. Very cool. Keep shooting –with the camera!!

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