At 8:55 am, it was already windy. Lake Maitland is the largest lake on the Winter Park Chain. The canal from Lake Maitland to Lake Minihaha is the longest in the Chain, 1/2 mile. It made sense to paddle the short distance to the shelter of the canal, pictured on top of this Tale, instead of venturing across the open water.
On Lake Minihaha, a lake in the middle of suburbia, I saw more, and a wider variety of birds in ninety minutes than I spotted during eight hours in the Juniper Wilderness, Saturday. Great egrets, great blue heron, anhingas, cormorants, belted kingfishers, tri colored heron, wood ducks, some sort of diving duck, ibis, and moorhens. Here a few of them.