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.
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:
In a quiet area I saw one Virginia rail and heard more rails, along with several soras.
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.
To see even more pictures of more species, click on this link for a short paddling video – complete with narration.