4th of July Paddle

It’s the morning of Independence Day, 2015.  The sun is up and the wind is calm.  Great time to put the kayaks in the water.  I’ve got lots of pictures to share.

This was the first of the white water lilies that I have seen this year.

Water Lily 2015

Water Lily 2015

I found a bird that I didn’t recognize.  Some time with “Birds of Michigan” by Stan Tekiela has me thinking this is a juvenile green heron.  Yes, I know it’s blue, but the juveniles are a blue-grey.  All other characteristics match.

Juvenile Green Heron 01

Juvenile Green Heron 01

Juvenile Green Heron 02

Juvenile Green Heron 02

It really does have a neck.

Juvenile Green Heron 03

Juvenile Green Heron 03

Juvenile Green Heron 04

Juvenile Green Heron 04

Of course, there were turtles out sunning themselves.

Turtle

Turtle

And kingfishers

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

The loon was dancing on the water.

Loon Dance 01

Loon Dance 01

Loon Dance 02

Loon Dance 02

Loon Dance 03

Loon Dance 03

Loon Dance 04

Loon Dance 04

Loon Dance 05

Loon Dance 05

Then, it dove under water and re-surfaced about 20 feet away from the kayak.

Loon Up Close

Loon Up Close

And, in keeping the holiday, a bald eagle flew into a tree and posed for me.

Bald Eagle 01

Bald Eagle 01

Bald Eagle 02

Bald Eagle 02

Bald Eagle 03

Bald Eagle 03

Bald Eagle 04

Bald Eagle 04

So, with that, I wish everyone a Happy 4th of July, Independence Day.

Mark

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6 Comments

  1. Karen Burns July 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    the bald eagle shots are great! i saw a bald eagle flying here at Donner, scoop down to grab a fish and fly off. . . I was too stupified to try to get a shot!

  2. Sandy Adams July 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    Oh Mark, you take the most fabulous photos! I love the way you are capturing the essence of OCC
    Keep up the good work.

  3. Jane July 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Great photos. Yes, I think that is a green heron. There is a pair of loons at the south end of the lake, and they have been quite close to my kayak many times. They are protecting a nest down there and patiently try to guide me out of the bay when I am kayaking down there. I just sent you some photos that I have taken recently.

  4. Celia Ebert July 4, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Amazing!!!!

    Sent from my phone

  5. bstcell July 4, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    You outdid yourself on this set of pics. Thank you so much!!!

    Happy 4th!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  6. Edra July 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Wow…beautiful pictures!

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