MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — The Return Trip To Fox Lake
A couple of days after opening up the lake house we returned to enjoy a beautiful evening.
Before checking on the loon nest I took a hike to the Turtle River that runs from Lake Beltrami into and then out of Fox Lake. I stopped at the bridge to take a few shots. An oriole sang to me.
Located some incoming mallards.
Landing site located.
Coming in for the landing.
And we have touchdown!
They stayed in this area …
I’m assuming their nest is nearby.
There is a blue heron downstream but too far away for a picture.
Lots of other birds here that sing to break up the silence
In and out of the reeds.
A northern suns itselt in the shallow water beneath the bridge.
Some approaching kayakers made the blue heron take flight.
Time to go check on the loons’ nest.
I was only there a few minutes before the nest sitter decided to take a swim and stretch its wings.
A few more stretches and …
… time to go find its mate.
Racing down the runway.
I really wish the runway had been facing me.
Almost up to speed.
And it’s off …
I guess that left me in charge to watch the nest.
The unguarded nest drew some attention …
… and the would be robber started to circle with a watchful eye.
The return home of the pair was quick and just in time.
There was a lot of noise …
… and some showing of size and bravery.
… and the would be robber quickly departed.
And as everything settled down …
… the lovely couple spent some quality time together.
A pair of loons and one of mallards, a great blue heron and an eagle caught the attention of photographer Mike Bogert on a recent trip to Fox Lake in northwestern Minnesota. Fox is located on a chain of lakes connected by the Turtle River. Other lakes on the chain include Lake Beltrami, Big Turtle Lake, Movil Lake and Little Turtle Lake.