Nick Vitale Photography | Kayaking Cedar Key

Kayaking Cedar Key

October 29, 2013

This past weekend I made a trip to Cedar key. The goal was to kayak around in the afternoon and photograph wintering shorebirds and then scout locations for landscape shots.  Cedar Key is a rather unique and beautiful place.  I could spend ages just wandering around and photographing things there.

It is a very important and heavily used place by wintering shorebirds. Shorebirds also tend to be very willing subjects for photography, which is partly why I like them so much. You can just pick a good place to sit and they will walk right by you as they forage. However, on this occasion, getting close enough in a kayak at low tide to get good shots of the birds proved difficult. The water levels got too low and I found myself stranded on mudflats with no way to move.  I didn't get the photos I was after but here are a few shots I managed.

Marbled Godwit taking off

 

American Oystercatcher eating (you guessed it) an oyster, and a Willet hoping to get a free meal courtesy of the oystercatcher

 

After kayaking, I scouted some locations to return to for landscape shots when the conditions were better(I now have tons of ideas and locations for future trips).  I did try out one spot though and captured this nice sunset.

 


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