Friday, September 2, 2011

A Quiet River Paddle

Framboise River
Cape Breton

I don't know if the name of the river really is Framboise River, 
but it is a river and it is in Framboise.
Originally, plans were to paddle the mudflats a few miles up the road 
to observe migrating shore birds,
but the flats were fogged in and it was cold!

However, a few miles down the road, 
the sun was shining, the air was hot,
and the river beckoned.

Eastern Forktail, (Ischmura verticalis)

Horned Bladderwort, (Utricularia cornuta)

 A lone white water lily.

 I don't know my water bugs!

Juncus canadensis

Variable Dancer, (Argia fumipennis),
hitching a ride.

Not a clue, but oh, so pretty!

All visiting paddlers 'otter' be entertained!
There were four and they were SO cute!

I'm still toiling over my hawk identification skills.
Judging from all the other photos I took,
I believe this to be a juvenile Red-tailed.

Sparganiium spp, perhaps emersum, with Northern Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum).

And last, but not least, a Greater Yellowlegs.


Gary said...

What a great river trip!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Out on the prairie said...

Impressive set of photos.I think the water bug is a water strider.

Monts said...

Hi Karen Lovely set of images it looks a really peaceful place to be.
The water strider is what we call a pond skater over here.

Roy said...

Great to be able to see the Otter Karen.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of nature photos. I lvoe the dragonflies and the otters is a cool sighting.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures of so many different creatures! And I'm especially impressed that you got the shots while you were paddling. You are very skilled. Fine job!

Simone de Klerk said...

I knew I didn't remember this post when I was looking at it! I would have remembered those otters!
This must be so relaxing

Frank said...

Hi Karen. A delightful selection of wildlife. A sighting of an Otter would definitely get my heart pumping. Cheers FAB.

Mama-Bug said...

Absolutely a delight to share your outing. Love those cute little otters!

Cindy said...

Love the otters! Looks like it was a fun river trip. Thanks for visiting my blog.