Fish Spawning Bed, Waterbird & Home

Fish wallowing out a spawning nest in the mud

Fish wallowing out a spawning nest in the mud

I had been anxious to get home to deep clean the Casita and let the dogs run.

waterbirdBut this morning, when I walked out on the deck, I did not want to leave.  We had our whole loop to ourselves and the entire campground was almost empty.

While I was sipping my coffee, I heard a tremendous splashing in the lake.  Then another.  Then another.  I took a closer look and realized that fish — what kind I didn’t know then — were fanning the mud at the edge of the lake to make depressions in the mud for spawning beds.  They would work furiously for a short time, then swim off — I guessed to rest — then they would be back to furiously wallowing out their nest.

I tried several times to catch them in the act, but was never fast enough at getting my camera aimed and focused.   But right before we left, I thought, It must be about time for them to come back for another digging session.  So I had my camera ready — and, this time, caught a photo.

A fuzzy photo of one of the fish who was working on making the bed

A fuzzy photo of one of the fish who was working on making the bed

Another camper walked by while I was taking photos.  He told me that the fish were carp.

I also had wondered why I hadn’t seen any waterbirds while we were here.  Then I noticed one, just one, probably attracted by all the splashing the fish were making.  So I got a shot of that, too.

I felt like I had been given a gift to make leaving easier.

We were only an hour and a half from home.  When we got home and I saw the yard, I was just sick.  Our grass is knee high, and the place looks like it had been abandoned for months!

We definitely have our work cut out for us.  But it was so worth it to get away, visit family, feel sea breezes, get a Florida sunburn, then relax by the lake for a few more days.

Another bed-making photo

Another bed-making photo

 

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