This morning I took the kayak to check out the cove. I also brought a fishing pole with me, but there weren’t any fish interested in playing along.
In the coves on either side of Arkansas Bend we always find red-winged blackbirds. They have a signature trill, and you usually hear them long before you see them.
While I was kayaking, there were several flying back and forth between shrubs on either side of the cove. Every time I would slide up close to one to take a picture, he’d fly across the cove. So, I’d quietly paddle across to try again — and the same thing would happen. After about an hour of this, I packed it in and headed back to the boats for a swim.
Afterward, I was very pleased to see that I did get a couple of pictures of the birds after all, though all a tad grainy due to the zoom. This picture was the best of them. I caught a shot of this guy in the middle of our little game of keep-away-from-sheila, as he was flying away from the shrub.