Wow! What was not to love about this day on the lake?
A cold front, typical of this time of the year, blew through yesterday, serving up a chilly day today. The temperature camped in the mid-40s all day, and a steady wind worked its magic laying bare a huge patch of the lake, and driving the birds nuts.
The Belted Kingfisher (above) dropped in for a visit. This was the first time I have seen one on the lake, though I’ve spotted them on occasion on the nearby telephone wires along the parkway. They are among my favorite birds mainly because of their endearing appearance. Their shaggy crown gives them the look of someone who has just rolled out of bed and can’t find their comb. I can identify with it.
These birds winter in our area, but are solitary birds, and I’ve never seen two together. The kingfisher dives for its food, though I have yet to witness it in action. Mainly I was thrilled to capture an image of the little bird.
The huge osprey, which has been hanging out in our area now for two weeks, continued to elude me on camera as it patrolled the skies overhead.