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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lakes Maitland, Nina, and Minnehaha

The male wood ducks are back in large numbers on the Maitland portion of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. During the summer, I was only seeing a female here and there, few males.

I got a two hour paddle in this morning, Wednesday, September 29, 2010. Saw the first wood ducks shortly after I launched from Fort Maitland Park.
Did the usual paddle towards the canal to Lake Minnehaha.

Into Lake Minnehaha.

A large flock of birds flew east. To high to ID, a few white colored ones, I'm thinking ibis, mixed in with, cormorants and or anhingas is my guess.
Great egret, wood ducks, anhinga, another great egret.

Another wood duck.

Small cypress getting a jump on fall. Yes, colors do change in Florida.

Anhinga and wood duck.

Closer look.

Female anhinga, mallard. Or Florida mottled duck?

Mandatory cover bridge photo.
Lake Nina. Wood duck couple.

Green heron

Back to Lake Maitland, more anhingas.

The elusive belted kingfisher
Blue and tri colored heron, great egret, anhinga, wood ducks.

As usual, the number and variety of birds on these suburban lakes was outstanding.

The lakes were high, a lot of rain fell Tuesday. Cloudy skies, and the possibility of tropical weather. Fortunately, TS Nicole quickly fizzled. Hopefully, there won't be a "P" storm.

No boats on the water, no trailers in the parking lot. Just a lazy ass, illiterate fisherman on the pier. Couldn't walk twenty yards to the parking area. Car parked where I load and unload the yak. On the drive to the launch area, marked by No Parking signs.


Joanne said...

Smarty pants; I believed the forecast for bad weather and didn't paddle yesterday.
It is nice to see all the wood ducks but the otters sure are making themselves scarce on the WP chain lately....

Dave said...

I believed my eyes, and it wasn't raining.