Friday, July 10, 2009

Merrill Creek Reservoir

Today we went kayaking at Merrill Creek Reservoir. It was bright and sunny and in the eighties, a perfect day to be on the water. Merrill Creek is an ideal place to observe wildlife, we saw many varieties of birds, some turtles, fish, and a little snake who was very interested in us.

After a day of paddling, we then biked along the river from Easton to Bethlehem, had dinner, and biked back in the dark. The trail is very different after sunset! We saw a bullfrog jumping out of the way, an opossum, and a deer along the side of the trail.

The water as still as a mirror.

A nesting pair of eagles resides at the reservoir. One flew right overhead. In this grainy picture you can see the white head and tail feathers.

If you look closely you can see three cormorants perched on top of the dead trees.

Submerged forest makes for an interesting obstacle course and a home for fish, turtles, birds, and snakes.

We heard a pair of osprey calling to each other. One flew by with a fish in this talons, carried aerodynamically of course! This osprey found a high perch to search for fish.

Tree stumps sticking out of the water

This heron was very still.

He sensed my presence and looked around.

A slight breeze ripples the lake.


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