Swimming Snakes - North Bay - Back Bay - North Bay Marsh




Well I have always looked at it on a maps, but I have never gone into and explored the marsh area at the very North end of Back Bay, so I decided to remedy that today. I can't find name for the marsh area at the North End of Back Bay, so I am just going to refer to it as the North Bay Marsh. I guess the problem I have had with this are in the past was, it is very close, but also far away, you know just tucked in the corner, and it is also about a 2 mile paddle from the nearest launch. I launched from the Horn Point Canoe Kayak launch, and made my way across North Bay, and started following the shoreline until I got to a channel that feeds the marsh, it is a little hidden, but not that hard to find. When I turned into the channel, I was swarmed by these little tiny bugs, it was really weird because you could hear buzz of these little tiny bugs it seemed like there were thousands of them, they didn't bite, they just swarmed all over until I moved far enough away, and they would go back into the reeds. About half way up the channel I came across a juvenile Great Blue Heron sitting on a post, I had to rush to get a couple of pictures, before it flew off. Around the corner I saw the heron again along with about 5 ducks, they didn't really wait around and all flew off. Caught a turtle doing the Super Turtle on a chunk of concrete while sunning. This concrete brings up a point of caution for this stretch, there is a bunch of submerged concrete here that looks like it was an abandoned irrigation dyke, so use caution primarily around the big square looking piece, or you will probably end up with some ugly scratches on the bottom of your kayak.
I was going up a channel, and I saw what I initially thought was a reed floating across the channel, but it was a Eastern Ribbon Snake it was little over 2 feet long, and didn't seem to bothered by my presence, but was a little annoyed when the kayak drifted between it an the bank it was headed for. A little further up the stream I saw another much smaller snake, that was totally frustrated, because it was trying its best to to swim into the wind, and wasn't making much progress. I really think it wanted a ride, because it thought heading for the kayak was a good thing, I kept my distance, and kind of acted like a windbreak and it made it to the shore.
there are a lot of interesting looking little inlets that I will come back to when the water is a little higher. The paddle back was pretty much uneventful until I got back to the launch and saw a very large Black-and-yellow Garden Spider .

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
08/26/2006 Horn Point 7.80 20
Blue Herron  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Blue Heron


Blue Herron  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Blue Heron on Post


Blue Herron and Ducks (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Blue Heron and Ducks


turtle sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Turtle sunning doing the "Super Turtle"


 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Remnants of an old irrigation dyke


North Bay Marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
North Bay Marsh


Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming


Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming


Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming


Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming, Near the Shore


Baby Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baby Snake swimming


Baby Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baby Snake, about 10 inches swimming


Baby Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baby Snake swimming, Not sure but I think it is a gater snake


Baby Snake swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baby Snake swimming, this gives you a sense of scale,


Baby Snake Swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baby Snake swimming, almost to the shore


trees (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Trees in the North Bay Marsh


Seashore Mallow (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Seashore Mallow


Garden Spider (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Large Garden Spider, at the Horn Point Launch


Garden Spider (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Garden Spider at Horn Point


Garden Spider (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Close up of Garden Spider at Horn Point Launch




10/16/2019 08:44:30 PM

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