Posted on April 26, 2016
If you’d like to see nesting Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and Double-crested Cormorants pack up your binoculars or better yet a spotting scope, and head over to Campbell Park off McKinley Avenue and just south of Trabue Rd. The park is interesting in it’s own right because it’s one of the last ancient cone-shaped burial mounds in Columbus, but in addition, the top of the mound happens to be a great vantage point to view an island rookery located in the middle of the adjacent quarry.
We learned about the spot by chance from a fellow birding enthusiast while looking for migrating warblers along the Scioto River in Columbus. So before we get to the rookery, below are a few shots from our adventures along the Scioto in recent days.
When we’re not looking for birds . . .
Campbell Park and the rookery. Views through our spotting scope were much better!
While my wife was investigating the wildflowers and butterflies I also tried some photos with a Digi-scope rig but the results were disappointing no doubt the result of operator error. If you have such equipment I recommend giving it a try. At the very least bring your spotting scope and enjoy the view while many of the birds are still on their nests.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Park, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Ohio Nature, outdoors, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Black Swallow Tail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Bluebird, Butterweed, Canon 50D with Sigma 150-500mm, Canon SD850, Cardinal, Daisy Fleabane, Double-crested Comorant, Golden Ragwort, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Prothonotary Warbler, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Robin, Shooting Star, Spring Beauty, Turkey Vulture, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wild Hyacinth, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on July 30, 2014
We decided to paddle up Paint Creek with the hope of documenting some of the beautiful scenery along it’s banks. As creeks go, it’s one of the best in Ohio.
Paint Creek Reservoir is located in Paint Creek State Park. The park is located south of Columbus in the gently rolling hills that occupy that part of the state. Two rivers feed the reservoir, Rattlesnake and Paint Creek. Of the two, we feel that a paddle up Paint Creek is the better option. The bluffs and cliffs along it’s banks make you wonder if you’re really in Ohio. It is also possible to paddle quite a bit further than on Rattlesnake Creek making for a better day trip. As you head north, the shoreline with bushes and trees at waters edge, is usually good for seeing many types of birds from tanagers to eagles. Lower water at certain times of the year produces mudflats that are excellent for viewing shore birds and the many logs along the shore make it a great place to see turtles and water snakes. Once you’re up the creek far enough to be in the current a few casts will usually produces a large or smallmouth bass or maybe a nice pan fish.
Light is what photographers paint with and on the day we were out it was less than ideal. At times it was almost dreary and threatening rain while at others piercing sun light would illuminate a portion of the landscape while leaving the rest in the dark. But we try to be philosophical about such things, so the pictures that follow hopefully capture some of the unique beauty of the place as it was on that day.
Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, fishing in central ohio, flowers in central ohio, fungus, Ohio Nature, Paint Creek, Paint Creek State Park, photography Tagged: Black Swallow Tail, Canon D30, Canon G11, Canon T3i, Common Water Snake, Green Heron, Killdeer, Louisiana Waterthrush, Map Turtle, Panasonic FZ-150, Solitary Sandpiper, Spiny Soft Shell Turtle
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