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Silver River and more

An early Saturday start on the Silver River.  Shivering monkeys. I drove in my swimsuit, decided to put on long pants before launching from Rays Wayside at 7:02
 Steam rising from the water in the boat basin.  72 degrees when it comes out of the springs 5 miles up stream. Probably high sixties here.  Air, mid 40's

 Down the canal
To the Silver River



 
Poacher. No fishing on the Silver River


After not seeing any monkeys my last visit, Thanksgiving Day, I came upon a large troop just 30 minutes up River
 I think they were just waking up
 
 Huddling for warmth.  I believe rhesus are from India.  So, the 40's is cold.
 


 











 Robin
 

 Limpkin
 

 Black crowned night heron
 


 

 Eastern phoebe
 Wood duck


Red shouldered hawks

Belted king fisher



 


 
Female wood duck
 First turtle of the day. 8:54. Means it is getting warmer

 



 

Pie billed grebe



 


 


New sign. The old ones from the days before the state took over the area around the head spring, are gone.
 Hey! Turtles and cormorants!
 Back to the eagle
 
 First time I remember seeing a perching bald eagle on the Silver River.  Only fly overs before

Entering the Fort King waterway.  Heard sounds.  Odd birds, I thought



 
Not birds, monkeys
 
 At the point where the waterway makes a sharp right turn.  A bit further down, the first people I saw all morning were looking into the trees.  More monkeys


 


Sharon Stone

Another monkey video

And, another


 


 



 
Entering the main spring area, 9:48
 


 First alligator of the morning. Near the warmest part of the River. The main spring.  There are several springs in the first quarter to half mile of the Silver River
 
 Camera underwater


 
 Beginning the down stream paddle

 
The roosting anhingas and blue herons are not yet at the little islands. Just coots and moor hens in the water.


 

 Trying to photo an otter that was leading me down River
 



 
Back into the Fort King waterway.  To see if monkeys were still there






 



 



 
 



 




 
 Park service boat. First motorboat of the morning


 


 



 



 



 


 
 
More to come07