Category Archives: Orchestra Camp Colony

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Birds and Turtles (for Barb)

We got out on the lake a week ago (sorry I’m slow at posting these) and saw more birds and turtles, no snakes. It was a good morning to see turtles.  These were on the point across from OCC. These were at the south end of the lake near the Horton Creek inlet.  I think this is a personal record, 18 turtles in one image. […]

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Spring (?) at the Lake

We finally got the kayaks on the lake this weekend.  The lake has thrown off the blanket of winter, but seems to be slow in waking up to spring.  It was still good to be on the lake to see what it offers. We chased this pair of merganser ducks most of the way around the south end of the lake.  We would get close […]

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More Fall Color

We were at OCC a week and a half ago.  Although the color is fading, there was still some nice color.  Here are some photos taken in the colony.                     I hope you are enjoying this fall season. Mark

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Eagle in the Morning

Another beautiful morning on the lake.  Not much activity, though.  A couple turtles and shore birds, but pretty quiet.  Then I spied this eagle soaring above. Darn!  It was too fast and I was too slow to catch him coming at me.  But, then it circled back … just doing lazy loops over my head. Finally, it flew straight at me overhead. and came in […]

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A Calm Morning on the Lake

Thursday morning, July 5.  I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.  I am constantly surprised by how quiet Duck Lake can be.  After all, it is the week of 4th of July, we have a state park on the lake, and it is an all-sport lake.  Yet, at 9:00 in the morning there were only a very few fishing boats and two kayaks, […]

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Photos from Jane Shoup

Jane, our neighbor across the lake, has been taking photos of the loons the last week or so.  As some of you know, Mamma Loon had been on the nest at the south end of the lake.  Well, it looks like her efforts paid off.  This was taken about 6/21. The next day while near the north end of the lake, she saw another Mamma, […]

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Back on the Lake!

Its been too long.  I’m sorry to have been away so long.  But, it is finally spring at the lake.  These were taken two weeks ago, Mother’s Day weekend.  I hope these are the beginning of a great summer at the lake. Its kind of a photo-dump, but here ya go.   Lots of ducks on the lake.  This one was suddenly in a hurry […]

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Fall Colors and Fall Loons

Finally, we have decent fall color at the lake.  Got out in the kayak this morning and were not disappointed.  Although not at its peak, the color is very nice.  Here are some examples. At the south end of the lake, just to the west of Horton Creek. Point just south of OCC The  OCC Shoreline. In addition to the fall color, we three loons.  […]

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More Eagles and a Heron

We were at the lake for the holiday weekend, but didn’t get out onto the lake until Tuesday morning.  I’m really glad we got out.  We were rewarded with not one bald eagle, but two.  And, we got very close to a great blue heron.  Here are the pics. Just as we headed south from the OCC shore, just past the reeds, we found a […]

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Bald Eagle and Red Headed Woodpeckers

It was a bright, sunny morning on the lake.  We had no more than started heading toward the south end of the lake when we spotted the bald eagle in a tall pine tree along the shore.  Unfortunately, it didn’t stay put very long, and I was a ways off when it flew.  I did manage to get a couple photos.   A bit further […]

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