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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 05:10 PM
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X-post from Lounge Got in a kayak and took some pics.
My family and I went down to visit friends at a lake near Corsicana, Texas. Our friends know that I like to bird with my camera so they suggested I take their kayak and poke around the rather isolated coves in the lake. They didn't realize my camera equipment was so extensive, but ignoring the better part of reason, I loaded up my equipment in a trash bag and took off in the kayak. There were tons of forster's terns, cattle egrets, black vultures, great egrets, red tailed hawks, but I mainly spent my time with the Great Blue Herons who were actively roosting. (Is that the correct term?)

Anyhow, here are my first captures from a kayak in rather choppy waters. It was overcast and a bit rainy at times with little bits of sun so the skies are a bit washed out. Please forgive that. Most of the pictures were shot with a flash and Better Beamer.

GBH on the shore line


GBH with a chick or another adult sitting



GBH sitting


GBH sitting again from a different angle


GBH standing in nest (better light)


GBH up close


As I kept going further back into this cove, the lake narrowed down to a small stream really. At the entrance to this small inlet of water, there was a large dead tree. Perched in the tree was what I thought was just another vulture, but as I got closer I noticed it was an osprey. Ospreys are common, but in Texas, at least, they do not appear in great numbers at any given lake. At large lakes, I consider myself lucky to find one or two. I have never been lucky enough to actually take a picture of one in the wild until now. Again, it is not a fantastic photo because of the lighting conditions but nonetheless, it is my first picture of an osprey.



It only allowed me two pics of it perched before it bolted. It went right past me in my kayak. I almost flipped the kayak turning and leaning to my right so quickly to get this picture of it in flight.



I paddled back to the lake house to see that my kids and wife were fishing and having fun on jet skis. Everyone was happy but I was beaming because I finally got to see an osprey up close and the pics weren't half bad. It was a nice day to say the least.

Thanks for looking and reading.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 12:39 PM
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1. very cool pix!
How awesome to see such beautiful creatures so close up. I am reminded of that when I walk down to the big lake to watch the loons, the geese and the mallards. I suppose at some of the lesser populated lakes around here we have exotic things, but they (country rules) won't let you take any form of watercraft onto the lakes from May-Oct. because of nesting/wildlife protection.

Thanks for sharing Maestro. :hi:
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-06-07 11:11 AM
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4. No watercraft on lakes between May and October?
Wow. I wish there were protection for wildlife here too. Actually, I do know that in one specific area in the Texas Hill Country near Austin some trails are closed during the spring and summer months because of nesting endangered birds. The golden cheeked warbler is one of the birds and the other is a specific type of vireo although I can't think of its name right now.

Thanks for the comment. :)
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-06-07 12:01 PM
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7. Yeah, it's nesting time, and the
Germans are very strict about areas designated as a Naturschutzgebiet (Nature Preserves). It makes sense. You can't even wander off the designated paths or risk being fined!
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 04:35 PM
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2. Great shots, Maestro
Once again, you dazzle. :)
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-06-07 11:16 AM
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6. Much appreciated.
:hug:
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 07:31 PM
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3. Thanx, Maestro!
We see these here in OK quite a bit, too. They are so amazing. I never get tired of seeing them in flight. The remind me of pterodactyls!
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-06-07 11:12 AM
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5. I hope to see more of them
I have seen them pretty much at every large lake to which I have been and the coast, but I have never been able to get a decent photograph. Hopefully this is the beginning of many more. I just love their piercing eyes.
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