More Birds on Duck Lake

The lake was as smooth as glass Sunday morning.  The kayaking was easy.  Other than a couple water skiers and a slow pontoon boat, I had the lake to myself.  And, as usual, there were several treats waiting for me.

I was just getting started and not expecting to see anything so quickly.  However, this heron was sitting on a branch and posed long enough for a single photo before flying back toward the north.

Great Blue Heron on a Dead Log

Great Blue Heron on a Dead Log

 

Great Blue Heron Ready to Fly

Great Blue Heron Ready to Fly

I also saw a young green heron a bit further south on the lake.  I might have missed it completely, but it flew up from the water’s edge into the tree, catching my eye.  It was hard to spot even though I had seen it land there.

Young Green Heron in Tree

Young Green Heron in Tree

At the south end of the lake near Horton Creek, there was a second great blue heron that took flight as I came around the corner.

Another Great Blue Heron in Flight

Another Great Blue Heron in Flight

On the eastern side of the lake, there is a place where you can see the sun coming through the trees.  I’ve always enjoyed looking at this place and decided to get a photo.  

Sun Coming Through Trees on Shoreline

Sun Coming Through Trees on Shoreline

There were a few turtles sunning themselves at the point with all the logs in the water.  There was one very large turtle and several smaller turtles.  The photos didn’t turn out, but I was glad to see some turtles.

As I turned the corner, I saw several Canada Geese on the far eastern shore.  As I paddled closer, they got nervous and flew off, but not without me getting a few photos.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

 

Canada Geese Taking Flight

Canada Geese Taking Flight

 

Canada Geese Taking Flight

Canada Geese Taking Flight

 

Canada Geese in the Air

Canada Geese in the Air

There were also the usual shore birds, kingfishers, and terns, but they didn’t pose so nicely for me that morning.  Another day.

Enjoy these beautiful days of August!

Mark

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4 Comments

  1. Sandy August 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Just beautiful as usual. Makes me feel like i am still there when I am back here in CA.

    • mfyancey August 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks, Sandy. Glad you made it back to CA OK. Glad you got to spend some time up in the woods and the lake. I’m also glad you like the photos and that they remind you of OCC. Stay tuned. I’m sure there will be more coming.

  2. Karen Burns August 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    I love the blue herons, I think they are so gracefully.
    wonderful captures, Mark.

    • mfyancey August 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks, Karen. They are great birds to watch. Until I started seeing them at the lake, I had no idea they would perch high in a tree sometimes. I’ve always thought of them wading in the shallow water looking for fish.

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