Put the kayak in at Katie's Landing this morning, Sunday, November 21, 2010. I was thinking Rock Springs Run, as I had not see deer for a while. But, two fellow paddlers, Luis and Joanne, had recently paddled the Wekiva from Katie's and posted some great photos. So, after a good nights sleep, I launched at 9:30 and began paddling down the Wekiva.
Lots of birds in the wide, shallow area near the launch. I did not take many pictures, just the two you see. Which was a good thing as it got me in position for the highlight of the day. Just down River of Wekiva Haven I heard something in the water. Deer? Louder. Bear? I rounded a bend and a deer began to cross the River.
And another, does and bucks, maybe 5 in all. I had a childhood flashback. Thidwick the Moose. One stayed on the side they came from. The deer began to run in the forest on the west bank. Grunting from, I assume, one of the bucks chasing a doe. A doe came back into the water, a buck in pursuit. They ran on the water's edge, then back into the woods.
It was great to watch. I've seen, and got a photo of one deer crossing the much narrower Rock Springs Run. Seeing a mini herd cross the Wekiva was special.
My fellow paddlers saw big alligators on their recent trips. So did I.
Saw otters. Three times. Unable to get any photos.
The gators were more cooperative, even smiling for the camera.
Arrived at Blackwater Creek at 11:15, a hour 45 minutes from Katie's. Paddled to my break spot.
I went a but past the high point, wanting to see of the obstacle up Creek had been cleared. I know a large group paddled the Creek a few weeks ago, so I figured it was cut away. It was.
I took my break at noon, taking the only wildlife pic on the Creek.
Down Blackwater and back on the Wekiva at 12:50.
I saw two kayakers, fishing, on the Wekiva. One guy coming up Blackwater as I came back down. He had a red kayak. Different brand. I'm just glad I wasn't wearing the same gold paddling.net t-shirt that he had on. Wonder if he got it recently as I did in buy 2 get 1 free sale.
I need my birding friends help. What kind of duck are these?
Don't need help with turtles and great blue herons.
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