The high winds and rains ceased early in the morning. The wind has died down, so I decided to get some more paddling in. I went back to the South Slang. With the rain last night, the water will be up a little. By the middle of the summer, the water be be several feet lower and I won't be able to paddle into to slang as easily.
The waters were much calmer this morning. The temperature was about 42 degF.
I was able to paddle into the flooded forests. I could see ducks ahead, but they would fly away before I could get close enough for any photos.
Out on the slang it was peaceful. I just wanted to drift about, but part of me wanted to do some paddling.
The sky would darken, then clear. The wind would pick up, then become calm.
I started to paddle up into the slang. Mallards were about.
Off in the distance I could see a large osprey nest. A pair of osprey were on the nest.
One flew off towards the west.
The other stayed back for a few minutes.
Then flew off to the south.
It came back a few minutes later with a large stick. I missed the shot of it returning. I decided to wait for a while to see what would happen next.
Geese flew by . . .
. . . and the osprey were ever vigilant. What is it looking at?
The mate came back with a fish.
I was blessed with the osprey flying in and out of the nest. I tipped my hat to them and thanked them for allowing me to watch them. I then paddled away.
Just down the slang was another osprey nest. This one was only about 10 feet above the water. I did not come too close as I didn't want to disturb these incredible birds.
What is that in the distance? A Beaver? A Muskrat?
I think it is a muskrat.
However, there are signs of beaver. I did not see any signs of a lodge about, but I know they are around. There used to be some large beaver lodges in the southern part of the slang. I try there later.
Another fine day to be on the water.