Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tunkwa Lake PP – July 3rd

In real time it is the 27th of October and it is an absolutely beautiful day.  I’ve walked and walked because it just seems too nice to be inside….but I guess I’m pretty much ‘walked out’ so will finish up our Canada Day long weekend to Tunkwa Lake.

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I feel that I have to reiterate – this was a long weekend!  Yet look at how quiet the campground is!  Not that I’m complaining – that is just the way we like it!!  What had surprised us was how many people left on the Saturday of the long weekend…instead of getting busier like one would expect, it actually got quieter.

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This would be our last full day here as well…not by choice…but ‘work’ beckoned…  This last day was spent just wandering around and getting bird shots….so if birds aren’t your thing, you probably won’t be too interested in the rest of this posting.

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Here is one of the families of Barrow’s Goldeneye

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an American Coot…

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a Marsh Wren, heading home with a mouthful of dinner for some hungry fledglings…

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fluffed up Killdeer….probably had just finished a dust bath..

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a female Yellow Headed Blackbird…

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another busy parent….this one a Savannah Sparrow

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More Goldeneye ducklings….can’t help it, I love those little guys!

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Can’t forget the Yellow bellied Marmots!

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 we’ll throw in a bit of scenery….this being the small bay at the north end of the lake…

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and the spillway that leads from it down to Leighton Lake.

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back in the campground a hungry fledgling Brewer’s Blackbird being fed by mom…

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back to that spillway where it falls into Leighton Lake, this male Barrow’s Goldeneye was lingering…he is just starting to molt out of his breeding plumage…

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Golden eye's are diving ducks….first you see him….then you don’t!

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and speaking of seeing….notice the Osprey perched up in the dead pine tree over the spillway…

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Here is a better look…

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and another.

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let us not forget the Mallard ducklings…not quite the same level of ‘cute’ ~ but close.

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So let’s take a final look at ‘green’ Tunkwa…..

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and then late evening …..we will be back here a couple more times before the year is over.

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