Friday April 24, 2015 Monte Rio CA.
I read the weather report for Jenner today which said the wind was going to increase. As I drove down there I could see it was already a bit windy at Jenner, so I turned around and went back to Monte Rio to kayak for the day.
River’s mouth is open
As I put my boat in the water I could see the river banks were wet which meant the river’s mouth has just recently opened, likely yesterday.
I headed on down the river. I decided to take it easy today and only go down as far as Villa Grande, just a little over a mile.
Turtles are out
Duck catches crawfish
Just past the turtles I could see this merganser duck pair along the edge. The male was doing short dives fishing as I watched. I waited with camera ready to see if I could get a picture of it with it’s catch.
It wasn’t far from there to Villa Grande where I sat around for an hour or so watching things.
Otter tries to sneak by
Eventually, I started working my way back up the river and was watching this great blue heron when it suddenly picked up a fish and swallowed it. The fish is still in it’s upper throat, that’s why it’s neck is so large there. It takes a bit of time for their throat to enlarge enough to swallow larger fish.
Big ol pollywog
Just below Monte Rio, I was sitting in this spot watching what I think is a green heron when it all of a sudden caught some little critter and proceeded to try and eat it. See the bird off to the right corner?
It had caught a French frog pollywog, which is a rather large pollywog, about three inches long. It threw it around, flipped it end for end, dropped it repeatedly and picked it up again, but just couldn’t seem to swallow it.
After about five minutes trying to get it down, it dropped it in the water and flew off. Normally, this bird eats little fish a couple inches long. It may be that the pollywog has some other defenses to keep from being eating? I’m not sure it was still alive or not when the bird gave up on it.
There were some guys launching there boat dock on the boat ramp as I approached so I paddled around for a bit to give them time to get things done when I saw this pair of Wood Ducks sneaking by using the bushes for cover.
I went on home and puttered around the yard for the rest of the day.
I can hear the pitter patter of rain drops on the roof right now which sounds good. The rain is just starting. I hope it keeps it up as we could sure use it.
Nice day paddling around the Russian River.