All those hours standing on Disposal Road waiting for Northern Harrier fly-bys with Ron Shields definitely didn't go to waste. The stories of what he was able to see and photograph convinced me to go buy a kayak.
I'll have to admit, shooting from a boat gives some unique perspectives and opportunities that you wouldn't otherwise get … and it's more difficult than I thought it would be.
Nonetheless, in the four hours I was out there I found tons of Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and Red-winged Blackbirds all buzzing by within feet of my head. I also came across Common Moorhens, American Coots, Wood Ducks, Mallards, Semipalmated Sandpipers (I think – check the picture), Killdeer, Osprey, one Least Bittern , Swamp Sparrows, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Black-crowned Night Herons (and many other species I can't identify).
There are lots of Painted Turtles (I think) and Snapping Turtles as well. I'm sure I missed a ton of things … I could spend all day out there.
Three more pix follow.