Back in September, I was finally able to follow through on a promise to my boys to take them camping for a weekend up north. It wasn't for lack of will or trying, but it was hard to find a weekend that would work. Finally, a weekend was chosen and with a site booked list making, planning, and then packing started in earnest. The weather forecast changed by the day and it included some rain and cool temperatures. But we stuck with the plan.
Here was the scene at the bottom of the falls with the heron seeming not to mind our presence.
|juvenile Great Blue Heron at the bottom of Stubb's Falls|
|The boys building dams in the rocks.|
|Another activity the boys kept busy with |
(their mom later wondered if I thought of their pants wearing out from sliding down the rocks)
These pictures are a mix of shots taken over the four days. I perched on a rock just big enough for me and my tripod, getting cramped, kinked legs and tire shoulders from keeping my finger on the shutter waiting for plunges of the sharp bill.
|My observation post.|
|the plunge! But still nothing!|
|juvenile Great Blue Heron closeup.|
We did lots of hiking, biking, canoeing, and enjoying the sights at the park. The nights were cold, temperatures going down to 2 degrees overnight one night, but we kept warm and enjoyed the outing. Sunday night it rained hard, and our site flooded out. Thankfully Ralph came to the rescue with a camping shovel and we trenched the water out of our depressed site and into the forest.
On one of our hikes we saw a Pileated Woodpecker, and I was able to get my first pictures of the bird. It was eating berries from a tree (not sure what kind), and never gave me a nice clear view, but it was still exciting to see a bird not common to the area I live in.
|Pileated Woodpecker eating unknonwn berries.|
|Red Squirrel behind our camp site.|
Here's shot of the camping gang.
We did a hike around the lake, without seeing much in the way of wildlife. We did see what I had initially thought was a Loon way across the lake. Later looking at the pictures and cropping them way in, I had a moment where I thought it could be a Yellow-billed Loon. I think I'm wishing too hard, and a more realistic, though still a somewhat interesting conclusion that it is likely a Double-crested Cormorant. I don't think this location nor habitat, namely a smaller, northern lake, would be considered normal for this bird. I'm open for corrections to the Yellow-billed Loon!!
|Entering Arrowhead Lake from Little East River.|
I'm looking forward to doing this again with the boys. I've since bought some more camping equipment and I'm ready for the next adventure with the boys. Hopefully next time my brother and his boys will join us too.
Till next time...
Keep enjoying HIS handiwork!