I was able to get in a lot of kayaking over the 4th of July holiday. Saturday I went back to Newfound Lake to explore more of the Hebron Bay and Cockermouth River area.
This time I came prepared with the Pentax and 300mm lens.
By drifting very slowly and quietly I was able to get very close to this duck. From the color of the ducks head, and especially the eye band, I would say this is a Black Duck. However I noticed some green colored feathers like you might see on a Mallard. This could be one of the hybrid Mallard and Black Duck that I had read about.
The duck got pretty comfortable with me quietly drifting in my kayak. I even got a few close-up action shots.
I expected to find some turtles getting a little sun and I was not disappointed.
I spotted what appeared to be a couple otters swimming at the mouth of the Cockermouth River. I tried to snap a photo but of course it came out blurry.
I missed several opportunities to photograph a Great Blue Heron before I drifted by this one. I am amazed how tall this heron is.
I drifted back out towards the lake and encountered my friend the Black Duck again. He let me drift very close as it preened it’s feathers on the shore.
I left the duck and headed out towards the lake on my way to the Audubon Center. Next thing I know a family of Canadian Geese swam by.
The photo below is one of my favorites since I got both of the adults together.
The family swam off as I headed back toward the Audubon Center. Much to my amazement I encountered another flock of geese hanging out on the beach.
I had a nice visit at the Audubon Center and even got a chance for a quick swim to cool off. As I approached the Cockermouth River and the boat landing another family of geese appeared.
The Cockermouth River and Newfound Lake is a fantastic area to kayak and observe (and photograph) wildlife. It’s on my list of kayaking spots to return to.