I don't get up to our small cabin on Loon Lake very often, and even when I do, sometimes I just veg out and don't even get my kayak out on the water. But last week, I spent a couple days there, and since the lake was practically devoid of any boat traffic, I decided to put the kayak in the water and take a little paddle.
Loon Lake is a nice small lake, only about 2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. Most of the boats on the water are residents', and while motors are allowed, with the kids back at school, the lake is pretty darn quiet. This, for me, is the best time of year to enjoy the lake.
Shortly after pushing off, I heard a loud and large-sounding bird call near the south point in the lake. I started paddling over, and heard the call once more on my way over. I paddled to about 50 feet from shore then started paralleling the shoreline, scanning the trees for something, anything. I really didn't know what I was looking for.
What I soon found exceeded any expectations I might have had: two adult Bald Eagles! They were perched in a large pine tree near the shoreline and were silent from the time I spotted them. They sat, with a regal bearing fitting of our national bird, within 3-4 feet of each other on a large limb, just 25-30 feet above the water.
One eagle flew off shortly after I arrived in the area, and in examining pictures I made of him, I notice that he is a banded bird.
The remaining bird seemed unfazed by my presence. He did fly off once, covering the distance halfway across the lake with just a few beats of his magnificent wings, and dove for a fish but came up empty. He came back to the point, landing just about fifty feet further down the shore. It took only a few strokes of my paddle to have him back in my sights.
With no motor boat activity on the lake, and only a
slight breeze, I was able to spend over a half an hour positioned in my kayak
just 40 feet or so from the eagle. He
preened some, but mostly he just looked over his domain.
What a wonderful paddle I had that morning, rewarded by the presence of two gorgeous Bald Eagles. What great motivation to get up to camp and out on the water more often