Finally on the Lake

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.”  

Green-Winged Teal
Green-Winged Teal

 

Green-Winged Teal
Green-Winged Teal

Here is the first turtle seen this season.  Don’t worry, there’s more to come.

First Turtle of the Season
First Turtle of the Season

I liked the contrast of the colors here.

White Bark, Green Leaves, Blue Sky
White Bark, Green Leaves, Blue Sky

And, the loons are back!

Loon Feeding near Shore
Loon Feeding near Shore

 

Pair of Loons
Pair of Loons

 

Loon Feeding near Shore
Loon Feeding near Shore

On the far side of the lake I found this small display.  I hope the shovel won’t be missed.

Tribute to a Day at the Beach
Tribute to a Day at the Beach

I liked this silhouette of the birds and branches as our evening paddle was coming to an end.

Birds Silhouetted on Dead Tree
Birds Silhouetted on Dead Tree

We were back on the water the next morning with more to share.  There were lots of turtles out this morning.

Proud Turtle
Proud Turtle

This swan was patrolling near the south end of the lake that kept us from going into the cove by Horton’s Creek.

Patrolling Swan
Patrolling Swan

The swans have a nest.  These were taken with a long lens from a distance.

Loon on the Nest
Loon on the Nest

 

Loon on the Nest
Loon on the Nest

 

Patrolling Swan
Patrolling Swan

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.  

Turtles
Turtles on a Log

 

Too Many to Count
Too Many to Count

 

 

While I was busy watching the turtles, an otter popped up.  I was fortunate to get a couple photos before it swam away.

Otter
Otter

 

Otter
Otter

 

Just the Tail
Just the Tail

OK.  One more turtle photo.  How could I resist that smile?

One More Turtle
One More Turtle

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.

Mark

5 thoughts on “Finally on the Lake

  1. Very beautiful interesting pictures Mark.I love all of them Mark.The beauty of our world you capture for me and others.!!Thank you.

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