Pickerel Lake Nature Preserve round II
After going to the Pickerel Lake Nature Preserve the last time looking for birds, but finding flowers and insects, I returned today. My plan was to look for flowers and insects, I feel as if I would have been better off taking the Sigma lens for birding. I say that even though I saw only one uncommon bird, a barred owl. They are fairly common, but you don’t often find one out during the daylight hours. But, I got a few usable photos of the owl with the 70-200 mm L series lens.
Many of the flowers that I went back for today have already stopped blooming, but I found enough to keep myself occupied and out of trouble for a few hours.
Some of these photos will be about the same as in the first post I did on this preserve, some better, some worse. 😉
I’m starting with one of the boardwalks. This runs across the eastern shore of the lake.
It’s there that I saw these purple bladderwort. The last time, I couldn’t figure out how to get a good shot of them. Today, I laid down on the boardwalk and shot through the gap at the bottom of the railing.
There were a few other things to be seen along the boardwalk as well.
After crossing the boardwalk, I headed to the larch swamp, and found a pair of cardinals, but only got a shot of the male.
This is what the trail looks like, it’s like walking through a green tunnel this summer.
I really wanted a better shot of these.
But they grow in a very difficult spot, right on a steep bank dropping off into the water, with 99% of the flowers facing the water, and in the shade to make things really tough. I got tangled up in a raspberry bush to get that not so good shot.
While there, I shot a couple of photos of the trees reflecting off from the water in the small pond there. These beg the question, is it possible to get too good of a reflection shot?
A few more odds and ends.
I had taken one of the trail loops up into the hills on the south side of the lake. On my way back down towards the lake, I could feel the eyes of a predator watching me, looking around, I spotted this.
The owl started to fly off, I tried for shots of it in flight, but the auto-focus of the L series wasn’t fast enough, darn!
But much to my surprise, the owl landed in a tree on the other side of the trail to do some preening.
The owl must have been near the nest of a small bird, for the smaller bird began hurling itself into the owl. I’ve never seen a small bird attack in that style before, it would build up a head of steam, and fly full speed into the back of the owl, which paid no attention to the attacks. I tried for a shot of that, and this is the best I could do before the owl decided to fly off.
I checked on the flowers that I didn’t think were roses the last time, they were roses, I just needed to look closer.
A few more odds and ends.
The Spotted beebalm (Monarda punctata ) was past its prime, but I shot a few more photos anyway. It attracts insects the way that the other species of bee balm does.
Still more odds and ends.
That’s about it for the day, I don’t have anything else to say. I think the photos speak for themselves.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!