Jun 4th 2006
This was the best day so far this year, weather in the upper 70's light wind, and water levels were up. Took off with the kayak for Lovitts landing, and the Back Bay NWR with the intention of kayaking around with no particular plan. Well after making it all the way across the bay, I decided that I would try to find a way into the small lakes in the marshes on the Western side of Long Island. This is something I have wanted to do for a while, but conditions have always been right. Well today was different, after a couple attempts toward middle of the island, I found the entrance at Southern end of the island, tucked all the way back in the corner. Even with the water level up pretty high, it still took a couple of attempts to find a passage deep enough to get the kayak through.
The trip was worth it for me, just one of those things, where you know that due to the location, and the difficulty finding it, that not too many people have been here before.
The birds were not as skittish, as the kayak approached, and although I didn't see any turtles out of the water, I did see plenty under the water, and some pretty big ones at that. Most of the larger turtles ignored me as the kayak floated over them, but the smaller turtles as usual swam off at the slightest disturbance.
I did cause a bit of a ruckus, while drifting along enjoying an apple, all the birds in the ares were squawking at me, and as I looked to my left, there was a nest in the bush about 2 feet away from me. I did try to get a picture of what was in the nest, and the only thing I can see in one of the pictures is what could be an egg.
The trip home was for the most part uneventful, until I was almost to the launch site. Hanging from the reeds, was a water snake, and I am not sure if it was hunting or basking, because it was hanging from the reeds, and floating on the reeds.
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