Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Second Part Of Our Recon Mission

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with more photos from the Recon Mission I told you about yesterday.  So ... where was I?  (Figuratively, not literally ... since I'm still not quite sure about the latter - and neither is my m--moving right along ...)

We made one stop shortly after we found the water so Mom could snap this Great Egret:

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Great Egret

There were actually a few of them, but this is the only one within photo-range.  Once she got back in the car, Mom started singing, "Egrets?  I saw a few.  But then again, too few to mention."  I think she's been listening to too much Frank Sinatra lately.  (Second verse here.)  And it could explain why the birds flew off.  A-hem.

We drove a little further and found a boat ramp. Mom thought that would be a possible kayak launch point. We got out and had a good look around.

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"How beautiful!"

It was gorgeous! We saw lots of gulls:

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And a couple Great Blue Herons!

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I could see that guy from the boat ramp! We had a staring contest:

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"I see you, Birdie!"

Both Mr. Heron and I heard a fish jump off in another direction and we turned to look at him:

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"FISHIE!"

I think that means the staring contest was a draw.  Oh, well.  He was far more engaging than the buoy I beat over at the River Pond!

I jumped down off the steps-like area and walked onto the ramp to check it out.

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"This looks like a good place to 'put in', Mom!"

It looked like a fine place to launch a kayak to me - and Mom agreed!  (It is indeed the launch-point they used the next day!)

We jumped back into the car and started driving again.  I noticed a boat in the water and some guy on skis chasing it!  It was crazy!  I thought the skier was going to catch the boat until ...

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"SPLASH DOWN!"

I hope the skier was wearing a life vest!

We drove down to just before that "Road Ends In Water" sign and got out for a bit down there.

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We had fun exploring, but there wasn't any wildlife to watch. That was pretty much of the mouth of Mill Creek, where it feeds into the big Tuttle Creek Lake. That thing is WAY bigger than the Kansas Ocean!

It was a great outing and yeah, like I said yesterday, we took "the scenic way" home.  And if we hadn't ... Mom never would have seen a Scissor-Tailed Fly Catcher for the first time!

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Scissor-Tailed Fly Catcher

Nailed it!

Thanks for coming on our Recon Mission with us! Very successful mission indeed!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

11 comments:

  1. WOWZERZ! Thoze r sum great pikchurez of anuther great advenchure. Our mom tellz us that our her an'aunt sis r alwayz findin'thoze "scenic routez" - just wish we were with'em when they did.
    Shiloh-Lord of the Manor an'Diva Shasta

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  2. Purdy place!
    That flycatcher looks like he's got sumfin in his beak but it looks bigger than a fly!

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  3. You two get to go on some great adventures - what a pretty place. And all those beautiful birdies.

    Mom is curious about your harnesses. Do they work well for pulling and does your Mom feel like she has good control? Mom wants to get rid of our gentle leaders, but she also likes to have that feeling of control. We vote for no leash, no collars, no harnesses.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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  4. You and your mom sure went on a fun adventure! You're a professional in the stare downs Maggie! Our mommy learned to chase boats on skis in Tuttle Creek and she always wore her life vest. Safety first!

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  5. OMD Maggie, you are the bestest co-pilot EVER...well, maybe you are tied with Cammie ;-)!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  6. Well I would say your navigation skills are excellent. What a great place.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  8. Great place and lovely shots. Have a serene easy Sunday now.
    Best wishes Molly

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  9. That scissor-tailed fly catcher sighting is most exciting. Looks like you had a fun outing.

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  10. What a beauty of a day you had, Maggie! Beautiful pictures!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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