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I like to watch and photograph birds from my kayak. During the breeding season, birds seem more at ease with people-powered boats. But in the fall, the birds are migrants, visiting unfamiliar lakes and terrain, and they are more wary. Each morning of my recent camping trip, there were different birds on the lake. Birds often migrate in the dark so yesterday’s birds moved on and new ones arrived in the wee morning hours to rest for the next leg of their migration. And there were far fewer than in the summer. The loons were gone, having moved on for the winter. They can often be seen on the big river (Columbia) this time of year.

The pair of Ruddy Ducks tried to fool me. I had seen and identified them from shore by their small bodies and stiff, upright tail but when they initially went by my boat, they had their tails tucked in the water and I was puzzled! Then, in unison, they flicked their tails up as if to point out my ignorance. Very cute.

I love to watch and photograph birds from my kayak. It is very quiet and animals are more comfortable around it than around an upright person. Of course, it’s not a stable platform and it’s always moving at least a little bit so not the absolute best for photography but still.

This time I found a very cooperative and tiny Western Wood Peewee that called and called and I am surprised I didn’t get any images with its mouth open. Also a baby American Robin, an immature gull and the elegant Common Loons. Topping it of was a beaver, dragging a branch to its lodge to feed its youngsters.

And on a hike I found a couple new to me, wildflowers.

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