Monday, January 18, 2021

A Walk At The Marsh

We had a break in the rainy wintry weather, so we took advantage of the sunshine and went for a walk at the marsh. It was so lovely to be out there in the warm sunlight and to forget for a short while the political chaos and nightmare of our country.

We had forgotten how much we love walking here. There was a time not that long ago that we would go to the marsh at least once or twice a week. Now months go by before we take the very short drive there.

There were so many birds out and about. We  just strolled along enjoying their songs and their quiet nap times as well.

I always love when we see these birds resting and sleeping. They always look so peaceful and like they are floating in air.

But what really surprised us is when we walked past the place where we have seen the very furtive bittern, Roger wondered if we might catch a rare glimpse of one that day. We walked along enjoying the views when I looked down into the brambles and vines and saw this.

Yes! The bittern was there, hiding and hunting. I wish I had thought to photograph it before I zoomed in for the closeup. It's really so well hidden. We quietly said our hellos and walked on. 

We do so love the walks at the marsh.




32 comments:

  1. Sweet to see these beautiful images as I get ready for a night's sleep, especially the birds resting and sleep, floating in the air. Arcata marsh is a treasure.

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    1. am-- We were so glad to be there and breathe in that clear beautiful fresh air.

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  2. A treasure trove of birds. Lovely.

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  3. And I too enjoyed a walk in the marsh thanks to your photos and text, Andrea. The first two images were so peaceful and calming views. Glad you also spotted the bittern.

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    1. Beatrice-- It is such a peaceful calm place to walk.

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  4. Whoops, my apology on calling you by the wrong name, Robin, not really sure what I was thinking. I don’t even know anyone named AndreašŸ˜•

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    1. Beatrice-- It's okay, I have lots of nicknames!

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  5. Some cracking photos from your walk. Bitterns are very much creatures of habit and do tend to turn up in the same places, though seeing them is another matter!

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    1. John-- I am so glad you liked these cracking photos. True about those bitterns. We always look, but rarely see them.

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  6. I am so glad you have a place to go that makes you for a moment or two realize that some things are quite normal. We all need that.
    Great spotting of the Bittern. He was really camouflaged.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, just to feel that sense of "normal" is truly a gift.

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  7. Great to see photos of your marsh walk...those birds do give you a glimpse of other creatures' lives.

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    1. Barbara-- We really need to walk more often at the marsh. Everyone is masked there, so it's so safe and beautiful.

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  8. I imagine the tension in you just floating away as you walked around that lovely marsh. Nature has a calming effect, doesn't it? Seeing those pictures made me sigh.
    Thanks!

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    1. EllenD-- Yes, nature does have a calming effect. We go out there and breathe deeply, knowing we are safe. And, it's beautiful!

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  9. Bitterns are very hard to see. I LOVE that third shot, of the birds clustered by the shore!

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    1. Steve-- Bitterns really are hard to spot. We get so goofy giddy when we see one. I am so glad you liked that photo.

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  10. lovely photos and lucky you to see the bittern. I spent most my time growing up at the beach and I do love it there. it's only an hour away but I can't remember the last time I went.

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    1. ellen-- There is something about those big bodies of water and all the life it attracts that just draws us to it.

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  11. Terrific photos! I especially love the one with the mist! Wow! I can imagine that being a very serene view. Great photos on those birds!

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    1. oldwhitelady-- So glad you liked the photos. Thank you!

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  12. Gorgeous, I feel I have had a short holiday by the sea side with birds.

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    1. Sabine-- A virtual holiday is the best these days. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. You are luck to go there, our marsh is a bit of an go at the moment muddy. I did get out today as it was not raining but a storm is coming in and there will be lost of rain again

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    1. Billy-- We're having a few days of sunshine here, but the rains are coming back this weekend.

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  14. That was a pleasant walk. I feel much better now. Thank you.

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  15. Beautiful. Don't know if we have Bitterns - will have to Google now.

    Inauguration Day at last! Aussie TV streaming the coverage on just about all channels. And I sense an atmosphere of hope.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I'd love to know if you have Bitterns there. That would be so cool.
      Yes, we love today. We had tears of joy in our eyes all day today. We feel hope, actual hope, and it feels so good.

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    1. Phil-- Thank you! Glad you liked it. I like how you spell phog!

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