Saturday, April 13, 2013

Paddling on Lake Rogers and a Bald Eagle Sighting!

 Location: Lake Rogers. Creedmoor, NC. Temperature: 78F Wind: Light 3 - 6 mph Conditions: Sunny

Saturday afternoon was reserved for paddling! Rachel and I decided to put in at Lake Rogers, a small 175 acre lake located in the town of Creedmoor. Friends had informed us that bald eagles had been spotted at the lake and we set out to investigate! It had been 3 years since we had paddled at Lake Rogers and a return visit was long over due! A short 20 minute drive from our house, and we pulled into Lake Rogers Park, eager to start our paddling adventure! (Click on the photos to enlarge)

A swampy area of Lake Rogers.

A colorful 3D effect sign announcing to all that you have arrived at Lake Rogers Park - A Creedmoor Family Recreation Site.

Rachel took this wonderful photo of two Anhinga or snake birds (maybe a mated pair?) staring at each other, but also keeping an eye peeled at a blue kayak slowly drifting toward them!

Than, we saw the BALD EAGLE! It was slowly soaring in wide circles above the lake. It was the first time either Rachel or myself had seen a bald eagle in the wild. We were so excited!

Massive white head and tail feathers announced this grand bird's appearance!

It was a wonderful and special moment for us! We were both silently hoping the bald eagle would circle in closer to us, but it never did. I was thankful I had brought along our 18x zoom lens camera and was able to capture these 3 photos of this awesome bird!

Rachel getting a closer look at the bald eagle with binoculars.

I snapped this "in flight" photo of a heron. Look upper left to see the bird starting to fly clear of the tree foliage in the background.

This "yaker fisherman" hooked a couple of fish as we paddled pass him.

A large catfish lazily extending a fin above the shallow waters near the lake shoreline. Moments after this photo was taken, it "exploded" into a flurry of movement and fled to deeper lake waters.

Beavers had "dammed up" this narrow stretch of lake and built a lodge approximately 25 yards beyond this timber-built dam. The dam had raised the lake water levels and water was rushing over the dam in places.

Lake Rogers on a sunny April afternoon!

A large turtle sunning itself on a dead tree branch.

A "splash of yellow" growing from the boughs of a tree branch jutting out over the water.

Paddle boat cruising back to the Lake Rogers dock area.

A pair of fishermen, minus PFDs, heading out after catfish. I always wonder why the majority of fishermen that I encounter on the water never bother to wear PFDs?

It was a beautiful and relaxing afternoon spent on the calm waters of  Lake Rogers! The extra special bonus was seeing the bald eagle! I will be returning to Lake Rogers in the near future!

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  1. Nice photos! Seems like ya'll had a wonderful time enjoying this nice weather! Hopefully this weather continues!

    1. Hi Caroline! Yes to both your comments!


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