I did an ID search, not coming up with anything. Any one have an educated guess? Also, numerous small birds with yellow breasts. No pics of those.
The wind was nasty. A peak gust of 39. Strong and steady all day. A gust came, I moved to the middle of the Creek. Not that it would do any good, Blackwater Creek is narrow. A loud CRAAACCKK as a dead tree in the forest snapped in half and toppled. Well inland, fortunately.
I saw two large flocks of turkeys. The first, 5 or so on the left bank. They scurried away, but I kept hearing gobbling. It took awhile to figure out where it was coming from. I looked up. Another eight turkeys in the tree overhead. They took flight, joining their mates across the Creek. The three above were part of a flock further down Creek. I first heard them. A loud racket in the cypress trees. I thought ibis. But then I saw the turkeys. 15, at least, several males, tails unfurled, running about. Wish I had a pic of that scene. The above trio were taken a few minutes later, down Creek of the hubbub.
Reached the Wekiva, above, at 12:05. Paddled up it a short way to get a photo of a great egret. It flew away. Back up Blackwater, 30 minutes to my lunch stop.
This is the otter in the opening photo.
Back to the launch site at 2:30.
I kept going, continuing to the Moccasin Springs campsite before turning back.
Landed just past three. Unlike Christmas Eve, when four guys were fishing at the launch, the only angler today was this great blue heron.
Went for a bike ride. This is north of the launch, my way out is south.
I wanted to see if I could find another of the small springs in the Forest, Sharks Tooth Spring.
Listening to the water gurgling from the ground, I thought, wonder if I can get this sound on video?
Not much sound, but motion.
Pedaled 5.6 miles. Other than a few small birds, no wildlife spotted. The deer were waiting for me to drive out of the Forest.
I wonder if these were the same pair I saw from the kayak at the start of the paddle.
Almost forgot- saw a bald eagle, in flight, on the up- Creek paddle