Wood Ducks And A Snapping Turtle: Another Hike In The PPL Wetlands.
I had planned to hike the Appalachian Trail in Berks County Saturday morning. I like to explore new hiking trails. However when I awoke I changed my mind and decided to again hike in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. As much as I like to explore new places I also like to return to the wetlands since I have become so familiar with its trails and the whereabouts of its diverse wildlife. I love roaming these paths and trails I have come to love. I usually always find something of interest.
It was sunny and cool at my home here in Hazle Township. But when I arrived at the wetlands a thick fog rising off from the Susquehanna River shrouded the woodlands. The fog is not good for photography. Especially if you want to photograph the many birds I heard singing high in the treetops. I am not a professional photographer and I struggle with my camera settings in this poor light conditions. I just had to hope I could get close to some of the birds on my walk. Unfortunately I didn’t . There were many catbirds and red-winged blackbirds fluttering in the trees . This male red-winged blackbirds got close enough for a photo.
On the ground plants and flowers continued to grow and bloom including these pretty purple flowers of the invasive and poisonous bitter nightshade.
As I said I didn’t see any more birds and I was a little disappointed as I came to an end of my hike in the PPL wetlands. I like to find and share great pics and cool stuff here on my blog and social media. Just as I was thinking this, I looked on the ground and saw this.
She was exhausted from this grueling ordeal and in a trance like state. I observed this trance like state with the sea turtles I saw laying their eggs on the beach in Trinidad. I will during the next few weeks with the hope of seeing them hatching.
The ducklings eventually grouped together and mom swam to them and led them away. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the wood ducks and other birds from my hike in the PPL Wetlands. PPL Wetlands hike birds June 6 2020.
After watching the wood ducks I continued my hike to my car and saw a muskrat. It disappeared in the duckweed covered waters before I could get a photograph. The bald eagles nest nearby is now obstructed by leaves and I didn’t see any bald eagles for a couple of weeks. It was a dreary day but once again the PPL wetlands and river lands provided me with a relaxing hike the opportunity to get some photographs, even in the poor light.
And, of course, the sun appeared just as I arrived at my car. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike PPL Wetlands June 6 2020.