August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

As the days are getting shorter all I can think is that I need to take advantage of getting out after work before that is no longer an option. With that in mind, I headed out to La Chute River and launched the kayak to get in a little paddle and look for wildlife.

It was a beautiful evening out on the water and I headed down the river towards Lake Champlain. As I paddled past the painted turtles sunning themselves on the logs, I giggled at how quickly the would plop into the water. A few actually stayed and let me get a shot or two before I continued on. In fact, for the first time I actually had a larger painted turtle pose for a photo. The bigger ones are usually the first to plop into the water.

I really enjoy seeing the turtles, but I didn't pay too much attention to them because I was hoping to run into waterfowl or birds of prey. As I paddled I looked up at a tree and thought about how I saw a female osprey on it on Saturday. As my eyes followed the branch, I quickly realized there was a male osprey sitting there. He stayed for a few shots then moved to another tree. I followed behind him and positioned myself in with some fallen trees and watched and waited for him to dive into the water after a fish. I wound up watching for roughly 90 mins, feeling hopeful that it would happen, when a canoe came through with two fisherman who scared him off. What a bummer because he kept looking and watching the jumping fish, I thought for sure I would get a shot of him in the water.

Well, after the disappointment of him being scared off I decided to continue on to the "heron hot spot". On my way there I saw several great blue heron and then out of the corner of my eye I spotted a juvenile black crowned night heron. Since I have tons of photo's of great blue heron, I decided to wedge myself in and watch the night heron. Not much happened while I watched him and I was running out of time, but it was a fantastic opportunity to be up close and personal with him until I had to start heading back before dark.

Here is the juvenile black crowned night heron yawning. He looked like he was settling in and preparing to roost for the night.


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