Carolyn Antl

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Wakeboarding and Birding

When I’m in the water, I enjoy watching the grace and beauty of waterfowl and other feathered friends. It’s interesting to view birds and learn about their movements, patterns and hunting styles.

On the Huron River in Ohio, I often see Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Mallard Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Canada Geese, and Ring-billed and Herring Gulls. Rarer sightings include the Belted Kingfisher and Bald Eagle. I’m lucky to sight a regal Bald Eagle soaring high above us, but this happens only once or twice a summer.

A Great Blue Heron on the Huron River.

A Great Blue Heron on the Huron River.

Herons and egrets nest along the river. They stand in shallow water or on a floating tree limb and patiently wait for the sight of some small fish. With sudden movement, they dip their necks into the water and pluck prey with amazing speed.

Great Egret on the Huron River, Ohio.

A Great Egret on the Huron River, Ohio.

Ducks, cormorants, geese and gulls are common sights. Often I’ll see a row of ducks gliding along the river and geese sleeping in the shade.

Canada Geese on the Huron River.

Canada Geese on the Huron River.

Cormorants in Ohio.

Cormorants in Ohio.

Some of my most memorable birding experiences, while wakeboarding on the river, include boarding alongside a flying heron. By his temperament, I could tell the bird wasn’t as excited as I was about being so close in proximity. On another wakeboarding adventure, a gull flew beside and behind me — what a unique experience flying alongside him on the wakeboard. He was hoping a tasty little fish would be thrown in my splash.

Being outside in the water provides a great opportunity to watch the waterfowl. To learn more about these birds, visit

Happy wakeboarding and birding!

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    Author: Carolyn

    Hello. I’m an artist with a passion for creativity, learning, people and nature. I've worked in various roles regarding creative direction, design, and production, both in print and online publishing arenas. In the office, I enjoy working with a team to produce excellent products. At home, I enjoy time with my family, art, reading and outdoor activities.

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