Birds, Boats, and Beautiful Weather

We’ve had a rather dry summer so far this year, a return to the drought of the last decade or so, only not quite as bad as it was before. We were fortunate to have a really wet summer last year and our local lake went from nearly gone to about 25% capacity.  It’s still pretty low and has dropped about a foot and a half this summer, but at a little over 64 feet deep at the dam it has over 20 miles of shoreline with lots of wetlands and marshy areas for the birds to nest and hunt in. That’s 20 miles of shoreline, marshes and wetlands for me to explore in my kayak as well and I’ve managed to combine 3 of my 4 favorite hobbies (kayaking, birding, and photography) into a pretty great summer. My other favorite is brewing and drinking beer and I’ve managed to spend a little time with that one this summer as well.

Here’s a few pictures.

Northern Cardinal female at Palo Duro CanyonNorthern Cardinal (73) (1024x683)Northern Cardinal (72) (1024x665)Northern Cardinal (70) (1024x650)

Golden-fronted WoodpeckerIMG_9376 (1024x683)

Green Heron at Lake Meredith taken from the KayakGreen Heron (10) (1024x695)

Blue GrosbeakBlue Grosbeak (1024x667)

Great Blue Herons, Ring-billed Gulls, Forster’s and Black Terns in the marshes and wetlands where the Canadian River enters Meredith. Taken from my kayak.Great Blue Heron, Ring-billed Gull, Black and Forster's Terns (4) (1024x421)Great Blue Heron, Ring-billed Gull, Black and Forster's Terns (3) (1024x407)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Lake MeredithScissor-tailed Flycatcher (7) (1024x684)

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Western Kingbirds at MeredithScissor-tailed Flycatcher and Western Kingbird (1024x658)

Spotted Sandpipers and a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on a sandy beach on the south end of Meredith.Spotted Sandpiper (22) (1024x625)Spotted Sandpiper (24) (1024x607)

Spotted SandpiperSpotted Sandpiper (26) (1024x665)

Western Grebes at Lake Meredith this morning. Didn’t see the Clark’s Grebes today.Western Grebe (64) (1024x539)Western Grebe (60) (1024x687)Western Grebe (56) (1024x558)Western Grebe (53) (1024x650)Western Grebe (49) (1024x691)Western Grebe (48) (1024x778)Western Grebe (47) (1024x634)Western Grebe (46) (1024x641)

The view from Martin’s Canyon looking south20160815_091341

About the same area a few days earlier but looking back to the east.20160803_081900

This is in the canyon south of the dam looking back towards the dam.20160802_082106

A Whiskey Pecan Ale I made. Delicious.20160113_191100

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