High Waters at the Basha Kill

I love the pose this Red-winged Blackbird was taking  - wings stretched out. Basha Kill WMA 7/4/13.
I love the pose this Red-winged Blackbird was taking – wings stretched out. Basha Kill WMA 7/4/13.

I woke up early and took my kayak out to the Basha Kill for a paddle. Due to the heavy rains from earlier this week, the water level was really high, causing Haven Road to become flooded. The high water made an impact on my birding in a few ways. The first is that it made for a very easy paddle with no vegetation to slow me down in the channels. It also allowed me to explore the Bash outside the channels, where vegetation was present but it was still a relatively effortless paddle. Another effect of the high water level was also helpful. One of my target birds for the day was the Common Gallinule, which has been, for me, one of the tougher birds to get a good look at. Today I got several good looks and actually managed to get some decent photos. I believe that with the water up, there was less vegetation to hide these birds. Conversely, the final effect was not helpful at all. Great Blue Herons were out in numbers today, I saw probably 15 or so, but I never got close enough for a photo! Not one! I think that the GBHs were more easily aware of my presence without the vegetation to hide my approach.

I heard this bird long before I saw it. I am thrilled to finally get a decent shot of a Common Gallinule. Basha Kill 7/4/13.
I heard this bird long before I saw it. I am thrilled to finally get a decent shot of a Common Gallinule. Basha Kill 7/4/13. 
Adult Bald Eagle at Basha Kill WMA, 7/4/13. I had a close encounter with one of the adults bringing in food to the two fledges but I did not manage to get any photos as they flew right over me in my kayak.
Adult Bald Eagle at Basha Kill WMA, 7/4/13. I had a close encounter with one of the adults bringing in food to the two fledges but I did not manage to get any photos as they flew right over me in my kayak.
One more shot of the many Red-winged Blackbirds out at the Basha Kill, 74/13.
One more shot of the many Red-winged Blackbirds out at the Basha Kill, 74/13.
I'm trying to branch out a bit, taking photos of things other than birds. Basha Kill, 7/4/13.
I’m trying to branch out a bit, taking photos of things other than birds. Basha Kill, 7/4/13.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “High Waters at the Basha Kill”

    1. Sorry Karen, I must have forgotten to respond to this when you posted. Thanks for the compliments, I was happy with the eagle shot too! Thanks for commenting!

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