Kip’s Comments 9-12 and 9-13-20

Brown Snake - Image 651721 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Exploring New Water and Old Water

Rain and drizzle or not, we went camping this weekend. It may be hard to believe, but we had a good time once the precipitation stopped falling.     

Just as the drizzle was ending I put my kayak on the water. Instead of paddling my routine route when at this campground, I paddled what I would call backwaters or drainage waters from the lake. Part of the area I had paddled before, but much of it I had not.

After going through a culvert I was exploring “New to Me” waters. It was obvious the area receives few visitors. My fishing bobber collection increased by seven, but the biggest indicator was the solid covering of duckweed in some areas.     

Some might wonder what the attraction would be to paddling through thick water. For me it was the never-ending wildlife I was seeing – wood ducks, green herons, several species of warblers and whitetail deer. Also seen, at very close range were two great blue herons. Since the GBHs were so cooperative, I took many pictures of them.     

Following is a sampling of the images recorded on my “New Water” paddle outing. I am also including a photo of a brown snake that nobody but me seemed happy to find.     

Kayaking at Big Woods Lake - Image 652643 (© Kip Ladage)

Kayaking at Big Woods Lake – Image 652643 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Redstart - Image 651602 (© Kip Ladage)

American Redstart – Image 651602 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Common Yellowthroat - Image 651623 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Common Yellowthroat – Image 651623 (© Kip Ladage)

 

False Map Turtle and Painted Turtle - Image 651959 (© Kip Ladage)

False Map Turtle and Painted Turtle – Image 651959 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 652370 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 652370 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 652292 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 652292 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Kayaking at Big Woods Lake - Image 652673 (© Kip Ladage)

Kayaking at Big Woods Lake – Image 652673 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Painted Turtle on Log - Image 652783 (© Kip Ladage)

Painted Turtle on Log – Image 652783 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Spotted Sandpiper - Image 652828 (© Kip Ladage)

Spotted Sandpiper – Image 652828 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer - Image 652861 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer – Image 652861 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yellow Birch Leaf on Cattail Leaf - Image 6528741 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Birch Leaf on Cattail Leaf – Image 6528741 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Brown Snake - Image 651721 (© Kip Ladage)

Brown Snake – Image 651721 (© Kip Ladage)

  

This morning I took one of my grandsons fishing. He was so proud to catch bluegills. For him, size of the fish caught did not matter. He just enjoyed fishing and being out with Grandpa.       

Young Angler with Bluegill - Image 652884 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Angler with Bluegill – Image 652884 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Late this afternoon I paddled “Old Water” to look for more critters. My best find was this eastern phoebe in fresh fall plumage as indicated by the pale yellow coloration on the breast. I also spotted several bullfrogs.

Eastern Phoebe - Image 652945 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Phoebe – Image 652945 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bullfrog - Image 652971 (© Kip Ladage)

Bullfrog – Image 652971 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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