|Belted kingfisher 3|
|Blue heron 4|
I got some lucky pics. This flying great egret 6, was the first photo after the running deer.
|Wood stork 7|
|Great blue heron 8|
I saw the first down Run paddlers at 10:15, ten minutes before the above photo. I had not paddled past this spot for months.
|Red belly cooter 10 (I think)|
|Otter 12 Near the trees|
I actually was leaving the waters of Wekiwa Springs State Park. I took the pic so I'd have a time reference. 11:37. I saw three deer, two otters, and a dozen paddlers on my why up Rock Springs Run. The paddlers all launched from Kings Landing. I passed the canal leading to the Kings Landing launch at 11:50, and prepared to paddle the most beautiful part of the Run.
I only took one pic on the way up. The above was on the way down, placed for context. Its a hard paddle. Reached the "Second Landing" Kelly Park tube run end, at 12:17.
|Red shoulder hawk 13|
No landing. I turned around.
About a 30 minute paddle back to to the Kings Landing area. Bad timing, a group of three canoes was just coming out of the canal. Good timing, my memory card was full. Stopping to replace it let the group get ahead of me.
Back in State Park waters at 1:00.
I took a lunch break at my usual spot when I paddle to the Park sign or beyond. A small island. Room to land the yak, get out, stand up. Barely room to pick up and turn around the kayak. Which I did not do at first. I backed off the ban, straddling the kayak, getting my but down, legs over the side, one leg in, then the other, then, oh crap, face down in the water. I stood up, looking at the upside down kayak. Turned it over, didn't seem to be missing anything. Where's the water bottle? There it is. Dragged it back on the island, drained it, not to much water. Took off my shirt, ready to put on the windbreaker I had removed during the lunch break. It was wet too. Water in the rear compartment. If I flipped the yak immediately after it flipped me, it may not have been so wet. Oh, well. The afternoon was pleasant, 70 degrees. I can recall every time I've flipped a kayak, this was number 5. Three on Rock Springs Run. I dried as best as I could with my bilge rag, turned the yak so I could launch facing forward, loaded it, I think I lost a bottle of bug spray, and continued the adventure.
One of two deer. The afternoon deer were in the first open section, or last, coming down Run. The morning trio were between Indian Mound and Big Buck. All three campsites were empty. As was the Run. After the group on Kings Landing, there were two canoeing anglers just down Run from Kings Landing, later, a couple in a canoe downstream of Otter Camp. No one else.
Back to the Wekiva.
I landed at 5:10. No alligators in 9 hours. The containment booms are gone from the lagoon. New sit on top rentals at the launch site. I may make a low ball offer on one of the old ones.