We were finally able to get our kayaks in the lake. The sun was warm and the water was pretty calm. We got out Monday evening and again Wednesday morning. I’ve got lots to share.
We found a green-winged teal standing on a downed branch. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one up here. They are described as “Small blotchy duck. Breeding males have a chestnut head with a green streak behind the eye and a vertical white stripe on the side.”
Here is the first turtle seen this season. Don’t worry, there’s more to come.
I liked the contrast of the colors here.
And, the loons are back!
On the far side of the lake I found this small display. I hope the shovel won’t be missed.
I liked this silhouette of the birds and branches as our evening paddle was coming to an end.
We were back on the water the next morning with more to share. There were lots of turtles out this morning.
This swan was patrolling near the south end of the lake that kept us from going into the cove by Horton’s Creek.
The swans have a nest. These were taken with a long lens from a distance.
Back to the turtles. There were more turtles this morning than I have ever seen. I think the most turtles I have ever gotten in a single photo was 15. Well, these next photos blow that away. Click on each of these two photos and try to count them.
While I was busy watching the turtles, an otter popped up. I was fortunate to get a couple photos before it swam away.
OK. One more turtle photo. How could I resist that smile?
So, it was a great couple times out on the lake. We also saw a young bald eagle, but no decent photos to share. Perhaps the next time.