Henry Hudson discovers the Hudson River 1609 - Back Bay




I took advantage of the great weather today, and did a trip around Long Island in Back Bay. The weather was perfect, although a little windier the I would have liked at the end, 10 MPH in the face.

There was not a whole lot going happening on the bay today, it seems that the transition to fall has already started. All the smaller birds have left to the South, and none of larger birds have yet to return from the North...

There was a lot of activity just under the water, as it seemed every stroke of the paddle would startle near by fish sunning near the surface.

The water seemed a lot clearer then in the past, but there is also a lot more plant life, so I am guessing that there may be a correlation here, which would be a good thing. The water was clear enough that while on the West side of the island, I could almost always see the bottom. It would have been nice if the water level was a little higher, as it was down enough and the plant life was thick enough that it was hard to get to some inlets.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
09/12/2009 Back Bay NWR Visitor Center 6.15 20
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Launch at Back Bay NWR visitor center


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Kingfisher (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Belted Kingfisher on a Osprey nesting box...


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Dock on Long Island (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Old dock on Long Island on Back Bay Virginia


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Birds nest in Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
An old abandoned birds nest on an old tree...


Plants (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The water was thick with plant life


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Clouds over Back Bay (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Clouds over Back Bay, reflecting on the surface


Grasses in Back Bay (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Marsh grasses on Back Bay


Grasses in Back Bay (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Marsh grasses gone to seed


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


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Pink Marsh Mallow on Long Island


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One of the inlets I was able to get into


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Back Bay


Osprey Nesting Box (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Abandoned Osprey nest at the South end of Long Island, Back Bay Virginia


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South end of Long Island in Back Bay


Water  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Water a bit rougher then when I left




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