Kip’s Comments 5-14-20

Black Tern - Image 633088 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Magic Moments at Sweet Marsh

What a surprise to wake to…there was no wind to deal with! It was misty and foggy, but there was no wind, so I went paddling.     My goal on the drive out was to photograph shorebirds and maybe soras and Virginia rails. However, after arriving at the boat ramp I could hear warbler activity. For some time I debated skipping the paddling and concentrating on warbler photography, but since it was calm, I did go paddling.       

Soon after reaching the open water I realized I had made the right decision to float the marsh. I was lucky to spend many long minutes in the middle of a black tern feeding effort. A large number of the birds zipped around catching insects off the surface of Marten’s Lake. I will admit, they were difficult to photograph from a kayak, but I did manage to capture a few acceptable images.   

Black Tern:     

Black Tern - Image 632731 (© Kip Ladage)

Black Tern – Image 632731 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black Tern - Image 633043 (© Kip Ladage)

Black Tern – Image 633043 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black Tern - Image 633088 (© Kip Ladage)

Black Tern – Image 633088 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black Tern - Image 633091 (© Kip Ladage)

Black Tern – Image 633091 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black Tern - Image 633095 (© Kip Ladage)

Black Tern – Image 633095 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black Tern - Image 633107 (© Kip Ladage)

Black Tern – Image 633107 (© Kip Ladage)

 

As I paddled I noticed we still have a pair of pelicans at the marsh. I wonder if they are going to stay all summer. Both birds appear healthy and are able to fly.   

American White Pelicans:   

American White Pelicans - Image 632610 (© Kip Ladage)

American White Pelicans – Image 632610 (© Kip Ladage)

  

In a quiet area I saw one Virginia rail and heard more rails, along with several soras.   

Virginia Rail:  

Virginia Rail - Image 633238 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Rail – Image 633238 (© Kip Ladage)

 

After returning to the dock I was treated to more warbler song. Since I had time, I pointed my camera at the cooperative yellow warbler that has called that area home.   

Yellow Warbler:

Yellow Warbler - Image 633405 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler – Image 633405 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Warbler - Image 633317 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Warbler – Image 633317 (© Kip Ladage)

 

To see even more pictures of more species, click on this link for a short paddling video – complete with narration.   

Magic Moments at Sweet Marsh

 

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