At this point I put my kayak paddle under the bird and lifted it out of the water. I then gently placed it on my front kayak hatch cover. Once I paddled to shore I made my paddle into a bridge to the bank. When the little bird went into the bushes on dry land I wished it good luck and continued the paddle toward my car.
The lens that I was using is my 400mm 5.6 that doesn't allow me to focus any closer than about 11 feet so I was not able to get a picture of the little guy on the kayak deck. I have a water proof Panasonic point and shoot the I sometimes bring but not this day.