Lake Norris is known for the nesting ospreys in the cypress trees that circle the lake. You will see many of them in this Tale. But, when I have 8 great egrets and 5 nests in one photo, that gets first photo honors.
After a ten hour day, plus travel, in St. Augustine, I needed a short, scenic paddle Sunday, March 27, 2011. I had not been to Lake Norris for a while. Over a year. Like last year, I launched at 10. Unlike last year, there were other cars, and Blackwater Creek was low.
Back to the egrets.
A song just popped in my head. Fortunately, these white birds are not in a cage. But, it was a A Beautiful Day
Of all the nests, I only saw two ospreys in the same nest once. I took pics, but one must have ducked. Usually one, the female, I assume is in the nest, while the mate watches from nearby.
Back to Blackwater Creek.
I consider the above sign a challenge.
Turned around here. I could have powered over the log, but this was short paddle, and I was taking on water. Probably lost the duct tape going over other logs. Today, Monday, it rained all day. The log could be underwater. On the other hand, I might not fit under a branch I squeezed through.