Monday, March 30, 2009

Visiting Clifty Falls State Park - Watery Wednesday

I had a presentation about bird songs to give at Clifty Falls so I headed down on Friday because quite a bit of my family was going to be there. On my way down I stopped at one of only three Indiana National Wildlife Refuges, Muscatatuck NWR. This is a large property with a mix of hardwood forests, marshes, and grasslands. I was able to find my first Great Egret and Greater Yellowlegs in Indiana for the year and many species of waterfowl. Once I made it down to Clifty Falls State Park in Jefferson County I had planned on hiking around and photographing the many falls. I didn't know that it takes long hikes to get to the bases of most of the falls so I ended up only having time to photograph one. On my way to the falls I heard and saw a Louisiana Waterthrush. This species has one of the best songs of all warblers in my opinion.



Big Clifty Falls

On Friday night we went on a Woodcock watch with a few people including the naturalist of the park, Dick Davis. He is very knowledgeable about everything in the area. He took us to a spot where Jefferson's and Spotted Salamander breed but unfortunately none were around. There were many egg masses however. We were successful in finding American Woodcocks. We were able to observe 2 on the ground and a few others doing their flight displays.

The next morning we started off with a bird hike. I would be giving a presentation later in the day for a group of people that are part of a Getaway Weekend. Many of these people were present and everybody was able to have great views of Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Bluebird, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. The birdwalk was followed by a talk about tree rings which I unfortunately missed while I was hiking around the park (I heard it was very good). I was able to see some of the demonstration in the field which was very interesting. Then there was a presentation about the history of the local geology then I gave mine. We will probably post segments of mine in the future but we have not used video very often and have lots to learn about it.

This is a Ring-necked Snake that I found along a trail as I was hiking to the falls.

Big Clifty Falls. This falls is about 60 feet tall.
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19 comments:

Kelly said...

...congrats on your talk. That's very exciting. I love Clifty Falls and your photograph of the falls is gorgeous. You seem to have a specialty in capturing moving water.

Kyle said...

Beautiful shots of the falls, Eric. (Although I could've done without the snake. Just my personal bias / phobia...)

Congrats on the bird song presentation! I hope you do post videos of the talk -- I'd love to see/hear it!

ewok1993 said...

fabulous post. i can't wait to read your post about alaska and see all the beautiful snaps you would take. have a good trip.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I am with Kyle, love the water shots, would have been running for my life if I had seen that snake though!!

Gill in Canada

kayleen said...

The waterfall photos are just fantastic. Will look forward to reading more about your presentation!

a pot, a thought & a smidgen of dirt said...

I just love cliff falls, is one reason I adore Wales they have lots of them. This is a great photo.

VALKYRIEN said...

Simply love those shots of the waterfall! The snake - hmm..... since my knowledge of foreign snakes is at a minimum, I would run!

Pacey said...

Yay! That snake looks dangerous, but I love how the water falls and the foamy whites.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the way the water pours over this falls. Cool shot.

The snake took me by surprise. Yeah! I jumped...but just a tiny bit. ;-)

Norm said...

very interesting post! I love the falls but I'm so afraid with the snake. Mine is here and thanks for viewing.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Beautiful shots but then I expect no less from you. :-)

nessabates said...

Beautiful waterfall photos!! The snake was kinda creepy but a great shot too!

Allison said...

Great photos! I love Clifty!
I really like the snake photo. Ring-necks are such pretty snakes =)

Connie said...

The falls is pretty. I have never seen a snake like that.

floreta said...

beautiful water movements in the first picture!

Tricia said...

Oh the falls is so very pretty & I love your photo - the water is gorgeous!

bernie kasper said...

Great shots, I would like to get a little more rain, the creeks are a bit down for this time of year, but it only takes one system to fill them up and make them roar well done !!

Lilly said...

Beautiful photos. I liked the snake.

The Explorer said...

Terrific shots...