I got ready and released the beast from his crate. Benny stretched while I scratched his back. He tossed off the previous night's sleep with a shake, and a wag of his tail. I opened the front door and we stepped out on the deck under mostly clear skies.
I immediately heard the call of the loon and cautioned Benny to wait, lest he get too far ahead of me toward the road. The loon was nearby and I wanted to try for a photo, but I was immediately distracted by the screech of a loud bird. I looked up to see the two Bald Eagle juveniles putting on an air show.
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They were fairly high, though almost directly above me. I had difficulty finding the right settings on my camera and in retrospect should have probably used my older camera because of its zoom capabilities, but I kept on snapping until they flew off shortly afterward.
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Ben and I began our walk up, over and down the hilly dirt roads which lead to a fair number of cottages on the lake. We took about a half hour to amble a mile down the road to another small lake across the way. Mosquitoes were beginning to find us at an alarming rate so we turned back home. The intoxicating smell of coffee greeted us. Frank was partway through his cup, and had already cast a few hooks off the dock. Our day was shaping up nicely.
We spent a bit of time keeping Benny company before we went out to do some fishing. Since the boat was headed that way, we decided to see if any of the eagles were back at their nest. The eaglets had returned and were patiently awaiting the adults.
The sun came at us from behind the birds but they made for some fine semi-silhouettes. (please click to enlarge)
Please keep in mind that these were taken at a fair distance, from inside a bobbing boat. It was challenging. (please click to enlarge)
Also challenging was this image taken later in the day while we were out on the lake once again. Picture that same bobbing boat, and me, crouched over with my elbows against my knees trying to hold as still as possible while attempting to capture a bird in flight. It's not a great photo but the adult Bald Eagle sure is an impressive bird. (please click to enlarge)
Eventually, we did see a loon pop up not too far from our boat and he allowed me to snap a shot before he dove under water once again. (please click to enlarge)
As the week unfolded, we were to see many interesting creatures - all beautiful in their own way.
Frank found a snake for me to photograph. (please click to enlarge)
Theresa called out to me while I was on the hammock to take note of a Great Blue Heron just across the bay. (please click to enlarge)
Frank spotted a playful otter swimming past the dock. (please click to enlarge)
I enjoyed watching the hummingbird drink from the feeder. (please click to enlarge)
There were dragonflies. (please click to enlarge)
Various kinds. (please click to enlarge)
Our last evening out in the boat allowed us a final peek at an eaglet. (please click to enlarge)
So ended a perfect week up at the cottage. (please click to enlarge)
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