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Pictures for Pam, Day 166: Bufflehead Male

Pictures for Pam, Day 166: Bufflehead Male
(+2 insets) (Sorry for the War & Peace length…you can skip to the end for info about the pictures! It's important to me that I have a nice journal for myself, so this is excessively long! However, if you've been enjoying my adventures, go get a pot of coffee! :D)

Last night after dinner, Steve and I walked out onto the dock and sat down to listen to the evening birdy show. So many kinds of birds I'd never heard of before. My favorites were the birds that sounded like laughing hyenas…one would start going and then a whole flock would join in. I couldn't help but laugh myself! :)

Steve thought we could be more comfortable so he returned a few minutes with our new comfy deck chairs and a coat and hat for me. It was starting to get quite chilly with the sun gone for the day and the breeze was kicking up over the lake. My warm sweater wasn't enough but the coat and hat fixed all of that and we sat together in bliss. Almost all of the birds were in the marsh quite some ways from us and we could only see a few specks. We didn't care…being out there was such a joy. The lake and mountains all around were just so lovely.

We heard flapping just overhead and saw a pair of Canada Geese fly in and land on the grassy bank nearby. Then we heard honking and in came another one. It nearly crash-landed on one of the two and ran after it, honking and flapping its wings. The two ran around with open wings, challenging one another before taking off and flying out into the lake, making a wide turn and coming back in again, honking the whole time. The third one flew off, honking, to land in the water far off. The two flew away, one chasing the other, and after a couple of minutes, one of them returned to land with the third one in the water. Well, well. Some satisfied honks and the pair swam contentedly away. What a cool thing to witness!

With that we decided to head in. It was getting dark, cold and windy, and we were very happy with our commune with Upper Lake Klamath.

Bedtime is just like at home with Pumpkin cuddling for an hour while we watch a tv show or part of a movie. We're hoping the tv we got can be better calibrated for proper color rendition but otherwise it's perfect. (Update: Steve fixed the color, yay!)(By the way, watching a show is a nightly routine to get our parrot ready for bed and something we've done every day for almost 20 years since we brought her home! :D)

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This morning Steve and I were awoken at 6am by a very loud beep that repeated every 30 seconds or so. We finally determined that it was the propane gas alarm but before we did anything else, Steve opened the doors to ventilate the trailer in case there were any fumes. We were surprised because there shouldn't have been any problems since we weren't doing anything out of the ordinary. Once Steve located the online manual he learned that the sensor was giving an "end of life" battery alarm. We'll replace that first thing when we get home.

With the alarming (literally) early wake-up, we both went back to sleep for another hour or so and continued our happy new trailer tradition of a snuggle before starting the day. We are certainly enjoying our trailer and all of us are sleeping very comfortably.

This campsite has "full hookups" which mean we have water, electricity and sewer too, so it's all been super easy for us, just as we wanted for our first time out in our RV. The kinks are also worked out for just about everything so our lists of "things missing" and "need to add/fix" are getting much shorter--hooray!

Today Steve and I took a canoe out onto Upper Klamath Lake's canoe trail! As expected, we were really excited! After an early brunch of eggs, bacon, and an avocado--along with world-class espresso & cream--we put together a daypack with plenty of snacks, applied sunscreen, brought bug spray and bottles of water and headed out. Steve took his Canon 5D MkIII with our awesome 24-105mm lens.

My choice was a no-brainer. I brought my awesome new Sony with its 25x zoom. I had to snicker to myself though…ever since I got my Canon 5D MkII, I'd been dreaming of coming back to Upper Klamath to "retake" my "inferior" pictures (they are actually just fine) taken with my old Canon SX30IS superzoom camera. And now, when I finally get the chance to retake those pictures with my MkII, I'm not doing it. I'm taking my Sony and laughing the whole time! (Also, even if I'd wanted to take it, we have only one 24-105mm and though this is the proper use of our 100-300mm, I'm just not going to deal with that monster lens…it needs a tripod. A tripod in a CANOE? Um…no. LOL. We need to sell that lens I'm afraid. It deserves a home where it will be used!

Our canoe trip was a truly lovely experience, as we knew it would be. You cannot beat the beauty of that lake. What a nice time it was, paddling along the canoe trail and listening to the birds everywhere. The sounds of the water as we dipped into the lake and stroked along was soothing as was the lapping of the water up against the boat. Twinkling water and pretty ripples everywhere--it was truly a form of natural meditation to go on this adventure. So serene.

We did have to laugh though…getting closer to the birds was not happening. The moment they saw our canoe, you could almost hear the birds scream "EEEEEEEEE!!!" as they took off and flew away! Oh well, we didn't care. Birds were not the only reason to visit this lake! :-)

The weather simply couldn't have been better. Blue skies dappled with white sky sheepies, a light breeze and the perfect temperature. We were so happy! We stopped to nibble our snacks here and there, our canoe parked on reeds while we listened to the symphony of birdlife everywhere.

Even though the hoards of waterfowl we'd envisioned weren't there, I did get a few pictures of some birds I have never seen before, including my picture of the day! :) One species which is common in wetlands is the lovely Red-Winged Blackbird, and though Steve and I have seen these birds (and now on our property too!), we've never had the chance to take pictures. We got many opportunities on our adventure, which made us both really happy! (I know I got at least one really nice picture but won't be posting it today…I'm so delighted though!)

The scenery was also incredible and will be fun to post images of what we got to see! What a place. Totally spectacular!!

At one point we passed by some manmade bird houses and sitting on branches nearby were a pair of lovely swallowtails who were contentedly preening their feathers. Overhead there were at least half a dozen more zooming around, diving low over the water and then up again, doing all kinds of acrobatics. All of them were twittering and carrying on grandly. It was straight out of a Disney scene! We were so happy for this aerial show!

We ended up going for about 5 miles and both of us were ready to be back after 3 hours of paddling. My arms and shoulders will have a few things to say to me tomorrow morning, I expect! :D What a great time we had!

Steve prepared dinner while I read my book "Paddle to the Amazon" in our hammock hanging between two trees, what fun. He knew I'd wanted to spend some time "hanging out" and was happy to accommodate for my "bucket list" item, what a sweetheart!

Ok, I have to be done!! Today's picture is a duck that I believe is called a Buffelhead...if you know what else it might be I'd love to have it properly identified!

The two insets include a Brewer's Blackbird that I photographed at the campground, and a view of the lake from the camp. So peaceful. :)

Pam, I'm hoping all is well with you! Thank you for your sweet comments on my adventure so far! *BIG HUGS*

Explored on 4/25/19, highest placement, #3.

ColRam, Blue rubber octopus, Erhard Bernstein, trester88 and 39 other people have particularly liked this photo


30 comments - The latest ones
 uwschu
uwschu club
Hübsche Ente, die Art ist mir auf den ersten Blick auch nicht bekannt
15 months ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Formidables captures !!!!!!! Je ne connais pas cette espèce de canard mais il est superbement beau je joliment capturé ! Bonne journée Janet !
15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Tolles Bild, Janet ! Guten Morgen !
15 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
Excellent
15 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
THIS IS TRULY THE WAY YOU WANTED AND INDEED THE RV RV VENTURE TO BE. I SM DELIGHTED FOR YOU.

LOVE THE DUCK TOO.
15 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
Preciosa !!!
15 months ago.
 Jeanne chevillard
Jeanne chevillard club
Magnifiques photos. Bonne journée
15 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful bird; like the lovely reflections.
15 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Oh what a cute expression!!! All pictures so beautiful. Love the blue!
15 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Wonderful shot and PIPs!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
15 months ago.
 Boro
Boro
Wow !!! Superbe
15 months ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
A very pretty littel duck and a lovely reflection as a bonus! The two insets are also very good!
15 months ago.
 Chrissy
Chrissy club
wie hübsch dieses Tier ist!
15 months ago.
 micritter
micritter club
The image of the duck is super. Beautiful pose, lovely feather details and reflection, as well as the additional multiple reflections of the head. Your warning at the beginning about the length of your story was a challenge, so I had to read it, no matter how long it would take (I am a very slow reader). You write as beautifully as you take pictures. I'm so glad that you are having such a wonderful time. Now is the time to do this while you are both young and enthusiastic!
15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Lovely images, Janet.
15 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A smashing shot of this lovely little duck...........I love the little catch-light in the eye and the distorted reflections. You've captured the detail in the feathers perfectly. I also like the colour of the water.........just sublime.

Two lovely shots in the PiPs.................I particularly lovethe 1st one, which is deceptively simple, but quite stunning with a beautiful sky and super cloudage (and if cloudage isn't a real word, it should be)!

Like micritter, I took your warning about the length of the narrative as a challenge! It's absolutely fascinating and beautifully written. Well worth the effort :-)

Take care...........and don't drop your new camera in the lake whilst canoeing!!
15 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photos et notes. Janet , vous pourriez écrire un livre avec vos aventures. Nicole.
15 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A superb capture Janet and thank you for posting to FFF.
15 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
Beautifully taken!
15 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh what gorgeous picture - the lake looks so gorgeous and I looked it up on Google and I could see how beautiful it was. I'm really looking forward to seeing your pictures - maybe even Steve's if he would let you publish this. The birds are brilliant - I love the PiP of what looks like a rook or crow - his back feathers look like metal. I'm so pleased your weather is good - suc a beautiful place to enjoy its outdoor activities. I haven't canoed for years and I loved it, but now I probably wouldn't even fit into one!!!! Don't ever apologise for writing this amount - I love reading them and they way you write, puts me there with you. I love travelling around the world with you!!!
15 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful pictures - damned alarm ;-)))
15 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The duck looks so friendly and peaceful. I like the reflection.
15 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Beautiful images. I didn´t know this birds!
15 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

I really like these bird images. You are so good at these!!!!
Some stars coming!

Best Wishes, and a good weekend
Peter
15 months ago.
 Kenny
Kenny club
Excellent set Janet
15 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A very nice duck and great reflection Janet!

15 months ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
was für ein Blick von der Ente, klasse
15 months ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Excellent portrait
15 months ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
What a gorgeous series, Janet! I love looking at waterfowl doing their thing! There is a little town I love to visit nearby called Havre de Grace in Maryland that is located right at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. There are several different varieties of water bird including Canada Goose, Mallards, egrets, herons, sand pipers and, of course, gulls. There is even a small lighthouse (Concord Point Lighthouse). It has rich history from the Revolutionary war days, where it was a major port town at the time. You would love exploring this quaint place! :-)
15 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
beautiful.
15 months ago.

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