I decided to check out some wetlands in the Mitchell's Bay area recently. Some friends (Bill & Judy) who have waterfront property on the lake near one of the trails, has a very nice wetland right in front, where waterbirds are seen daily. I had been particularly interested in photographing one of the pair of Common Gallinules that occur in the wetland, and Bill has been able to get numerous fabulous full frame shots. Unfortunately the two times I was there recently, they decided to stay well hidden. I did get some decent photos of the resident Pied-billed Grebes. This first one is of an adult.
I spent a bit more time at the Mitchell's Bay North Nature Trail. It is always fun to check, since it goes through various wetland areas. Some of the drier sections have been planted into tallgrass prairie. One of the plants quite noticeable now is Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).
There used to be a lot of wet prairie along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair. Some small pockets remain.
But on this trip, it was mainly the more typical wetland plants that were the prevalent ones.
|Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphea odorata)|
|Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)|
|Arrowhead (Sagittaria sp)|
|Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)|
The always present Mute Swans were here and there......