Great Day on Back Bay - Redhead Bay - Back Bay NWR




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.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
06/04/2006 Lovitts Landing 10.10 39
Lovitts Landing, boat launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lovitts Landing, boat launch


Lovitts Landing, boat launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lovitts Landing, boat launch


Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR


Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR


Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR


Butterfly in Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Butterfly in Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR


Hedge Bindweed, blooming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hedge Bindweed, blooming


Redwinged blackbird (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR


Redwinged blackbird (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR


Cattails in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Cattails in Back Bay NWR


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR


White Blue-eyed Grass (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
White Blue-eyed Grass, the very small flowers don't come through real good in the picture


White Blue-eyed Grass (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
As far as I can tell this is White Blue-eyed Grass, has the smallest white flowers


Redwinged blackbird (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR


Cattail in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Cattail in Back Bay NWR


Redwinged blackbird (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR


Broadleaf Arrowhead (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Pretty sure these are Broadleaf Arrowhead.


Broadleaf Arrowhead (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Pretty sure these are Broadleaf Arrowhead.


Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR


Great Egret fishing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Great Egret fishing, in the shallows in Back Bay NWR


Great Egret fishing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Great Egret fishing


Blue Herron Arrives (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Blue Herron arrives to join in the fun


Great Egret departs (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Not happy with the arrival of the Blue Herron, the Great Egret departs


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR


Birds nest in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Birds nest in Back Bay NWR


Birds nest in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Birds nest in Back Bay NWR


Birds nest in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Birds nest in Back Bay NWR, there are a couple of eggs in there.


Western shoreline of Long Island in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Western shoreline of Long Island in Back Bay NWR


Redwinged blackbird (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR


Watersnake hunting or sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Watersnake Hunting or sunning


Watersnake hunting or sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Watersnake hunting or sunning


Watersnake hunting or sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Watersnake hunting or sunning


Watersnake hunting or sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Watersnake hunting or sunning


Watersnake hunting or sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Watersnake hunting or sunning




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