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Month: July 2017

Freddy Mercury the Heron!

At Kayak Safari, you will have many adventures. Part of this experience is the chance to encounter the famous heron, Freddy Mercury!

Freddy is part of the Ardeidae family of birds. This species has a reputation of flying with their necks retracted rather than outstretched. Don’t make fun of him for it!

He has cousins in every continent, except Antartica. The only sort of environments that Freddy wouldn’t live in are the driest deserts, extremely high mountains and subzero temperatures in Antartica.

You will find Freddy near the water because that’s the heron’s favorite area to live in. Fun fact : herons are non-swimmers! It’s ironic  because they are often associated with water.

Like 90% of birds, the heron is monogamous, which means that he only mates with one female. Therefore, Freddy is loyal. New generation, take notes!

Herons are also colonial, which means they live among other herons. Even if Freddy seems to look lonely, he’s actually not : he has many friends.

One of the heron’s most interesting feature is his hunting abilities. He is carnivorous and has many aquatic prey, such as fish, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks and insects. Anything goes…except plants. Freddy, being an experienced hunter, uses many techniques. He usually just stays motionless in shallow waters, and waits for prey to come within range. As soon as he has an opportunity, he strikes with his pointy beak.

During your adventure, make sure to watch for the herons. There are many of them on the river, all led by Freddy! Seeing a heron is not an everyday occurrence, so if you do, take a quick picture!

What SUP

As of last year, Kayak Safari has acquired brand new SUPS (stand up paddle boards). This activity is not only the ‘it’ water sport of the moment; it also benefits your core muscles, your balance and even has calming effects!

Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to stay in shape while enjoying the river. Paddle boarding is an all body work-out, focusing mainly on your abs and your mid back muscles. Depending on your speed, it can also widely benefit your shoulder and arm muscles such as triceps and biceps. So if you are looking for a way to strengthen your body while enjoying a peaceful day on the river, look no further!

SUPS are well known to help improve balance as well, be it for personal satisfaction or to help improve skills in another sport; balance is key for any type of physical activity. Your legs muscles will also be hard at work trying to keep you upright on the board.

When it comes to weight-loss, this low impact sport works wonders because it allows you to use up a lot of calories, while at the same time reducing the risks of damage to tendons or ligaments, injuries that you are more likely to find in high impact sports such as weight lifting. Paddle boarding can help you attain a healthier lifestyle.

Stand up paddle boarding had more than just a physical reward.Be it by performing yoga on the paddle board or simply just relaxing on the river, SUPS have a huge impact on our stress levels and help to bring peace of mind. Your body and mind work in unison to get into that paddling rhythm.

So if you are just looking for a peaceful day on the river, or a new way of working out, come and try our SUPs at Kayak Safari, they will be sure to fit your needs!

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