Most of Blackwater Creek flows through a thick forest, even when it leaves the State Forest and enters Wekiva Springs State Preserve. That can make it hard to see wildlife, as it can stay hidden. I saw limpkins, wood ducks, great blue herons, great egrets, red shouldered hawks, belted king fishers and ibis. Only bird photo are ibis
I first heard, movement in the forest, then saw, a deer. Too far off and moved away before I could even think of getting a picture
After being on the water over eight hours Saturday, I took it easy today. Told myself I'd turn back after turn hours, or when I reached the high ground where I took a break, actually 2, up and back, yesterday. Got there in about an hour forty, so I kept going. Now, I told myself, two hours, or until I get a good animal pic, whichever comes first. I missed the photo opp. The same breeding pair, I think, that I saw yesterday. This time, both rushed off the bank into the Creek. I looked at my watch, 11:14. I turned around.
Water moccasin. Could be a brown water snake, but I think its a moc.