Tuesday was the day this month I worked a half day during the week, as I will work Saturday morning. A check of the marine forecast had two sites reporting a light chop on the Intracoastal waters, a third a moderate chop. As I had not seen a dolphin since the Saturday after Thanksgiving off No Name Key, I decided this was the day to go to Haulover Canal. Perhaps there I would see dolphins, something I did not see during four days at Sanibel, one on the Crystal River, and one on the Chassahowitzka, all locations on the Gulf Coast where I have see dolphins. As you can see, I was successful.
I launched from the end of the dirt road on the north side of the Canal, into the Indian River at 2:30. Destination, Mullet Head Island.
|Continuing what I began Saturday, I am going to count the animals I saw. Ibis 1|
I was a bit on the cool side, so I wore a 2 shirts, a light long sleeve and a short sleeve. Swim suit. Windbreaker in the hold if I needed it later. Brought the spray skirt, which I attached for the open water crossing to Mullet Head.
|Royal tern 4|
If I don't know the name, other than "seagull" I am not counting it.
The darker birds are killdeer 5
|White Pelicans 6|
|Rosette spoonbills 7 Great blue herons 8|
|Brown pelican 9|
|Snowy egret 12|
Two dolphins at the Mosquito Lagoon end of the Canal. One can be seen here.
Nature and space.