Black Friday - Airfield Pond




As is my normal practice, I stay as far away from malls as possible on the Friday following Thanksgiving, and I think the area South of Wakefield qualifies.
I originally was only stopping by here to add Airfield Pond to the launch site list, and I was going to paddle the Nottoway River. After I got a look of the area, I decided to paddle here, and possible do a little bit on the Nottoway. My choice was rewarded with a very nice leisurely paddle.
The entire pond is surrounded by a hardwood marsh, with very obvious beaver activity.
I would have like to paddle a little more into the trees, but the depth was not making that easy, and where the water was likely deep enough, was occupied by people fishing.
As I was rounding the 4H camp to the Northern extent of the pond a large bird flew over, and I immediately recognized it as an Bald Eagle. I saw the eagle land in a tree about a hundred yards away. This eagle was a lot more skittish then the others I have run across, and flew off before I could get close enough to get some good pictures

As a side note, it also looks like the circumference of the pond gets reduced significantly with a small drop in the water level.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
11/28/2008 Airfield Pond 2.85 24
Airfield pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking West on Airfield Pond


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Hardwood marsh on Airfield pond


Beaver Sign (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Signs of beaver activity


Beaver activity sign (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Beaver activity


Beaver activity sign (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Impressive that with so much of the tree gone, it is still standing


Plants growong on a stump (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Various plants making do on a stump


Hardwood Marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hardwood Marsh at Airfield Pond


Hardwood Marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Tree line of the hardwood marsh at Airfield Pond


Airfield Pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Airfield Pond Virginia


Red Berries (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Berries on Airfield Pond


Pond Shore line (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Airfield Pond shore line


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Beaver Lodge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Beaver lodge on Airfield Pond


Beaver Lodge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Closer view of the over all lodge


Beaver Lodge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Close up and an idea of the size of the beaver lodge.


Beaver Lodge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Beaver Lodge on Airfield Pond


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Bald Eagle in tree (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bald Eagle in tree.


Bald Eagle Flying  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bald Eagle in flight


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Bald Eagle Flying  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bald Eagle taking flight over Airfield Pond


Bald Eagle Flying  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bald Eagle flying over Airfield Pond


Airfield Pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Scenic Airfield Pond


Airfield Pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Airfield Pond Launch




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