Rafting Up With The Canvasbacks
They arrived and then they were gone, but at least for a few days this past week our community had an opportunity to watch a large raft of Canvasbacks feeding and resting just out beyond our Oyster Cove Osprey nest platform in Marshy Creek. With cloudy conditions the previous two days, it was good to come home late Thursday afternoon to partly sunny skies for better viewing.
In the next two photos, I’ve shown how the Canvasbacks would group up….
and then dive to the bottom to stir up plant-life to gobble up when they resurfaced.
I think they were hanging around for the evening’s sunset. 🙂
At sunrise, I found they had stayed the night, further up in Marshy Creek.
And then just like that, they began to take flight.
I quickly looked for an Eagle for a possible scare, but didn’t see one. In seconds, all of the Canvasbacks were in the air and had turned, heading into the sunrise.
I guess it was time to move on! Unfortunately they were not close enough for a close-up capture of their real beauty so here’s one I took in February 2014 along our community’s riprap.
A visitor every year, we should see more Canvasbacks around Marshy Creek before they begin their migration back North in the next months.