I launched just after 7:30. The track from my Monday afternoon visit was still visible as I wheeled the yak past the concession building.
Cool, windbreaker, nylon pants, shoes and socks.
There's a group of great egrets that have been hanging out at the confluence of the Wekiva and Rock Springs Run lately. Here they fly up the Run.
One landed where I could get a photo. Paddled up the Run to the big pine tree past Big Buck Camp. Ibis, hawks, belted kingfishers, wood ducks. The only pic is a red shouldered hawk, which pales in comparison to the close up I got later, so I'm not publishing it. Pics after the turnaround.
I did not see any deer this overcast morning. I was thinking of not doing my usual post paddle, pre work snorkel, going home for a shower instead. But, the clouds broke and the sun came out. I also was delayed getting some nice pics on the Wekiva between Rock Springs Run and Wekiwa Spring.
A fellow paddler recently posted a photo of a red shouldered hawk on Rock Springs Run on Facebook. I had never noticed the yellow band on the beak before I saw that picture. Funny how that works, you don't notice something, then, its everywhere.
The sun brought out the turtles, and alligators.
Five perspectives of a great egret and an alligator
Anhinga (with turtle) and tri colored heron in the lagoon.
I was the only person on the water. And, in the water as I snorkeled the Spring.
I swam along the left retaining wall, as you face out of the Spring. Looking for turtles. A shape came seeming out of the wall. I got closer, long, sinuous, I thought, gar. No, otter.
I got another photo, then it went into the wall. I waited a while, it did not come out, at least not where it went in. Must be more gaps and hollow space in the wall and maybe the walkway around the Spring.