This was my second visit to the Banana River. Last time, I did not see any manatees from the yak, only from the dock at the boat basin. http://davesyaktales.blogspot.com/2008/01/banana-river-nmz.html
This time I visited the basin first. I saw four manatees. And an alligator.
Birds whose names I don't know, below.
Let me know if you have the proper name for the above gull/ terns whatever the last two birds are.
I wondered what this was. A ship ? Not likely, its circular. To far from shore to be a wharf.
As I was loading the yak at the end of the day, a gentleman who has lived in the area since 1968 told me it is an old bombing target. Makes sense, with Patrick Air Force Base nearby. Also close by is Cape Canaveral. A bit of searching on the net reveals that Patrick was named Banana River Naval Air Station during WW II.
I turned around. The Banana River not only was wonderful wildlife, but launch pads, radar sites and other infrastructure for NASA. My earlier Banana post has some tower pics. Today was to cloudy, and I did not want to get out in the middle of the River for a better view due to the lighting possibility. Here's a radar site.
Back to nature. Watching a pair of dolphins on the prowl is always a treat.
One of the pair rose vertically from the water, white belly facing me. Neat stuff.
It was after 5 when I reached my turn around. I did not realize I had been out that long. I took few pictures on the way back. Not just due to the time, but the sky was becoming more ominous. Thunder rumbled in the distance. Fortunately, it did not open up over me.
The Banana River teems with fish. Redfish "tailing". Tails poking above the surface as they work the grass flats for food. Sea trout jumping. Sting ray wings breaking the surface. Also breaking the surface, an alligator, a few feet to starboard.
I arrived at the launch, and went past it to the boat basin, hoping to photo a manatee. No luck, but I did see one just outside the channel to the dock. I made up for it by getting more dolphin pictures
My day ended at 7:30. I utilized the telephone poles the great blue heron had been using to stay out of the rich organic matter (muck) as I pulled the yak to shore.
If you want more, I have a post with additional picture on the Green Wave Forum.