After 8 hours on the Hillsborough River, and a 170 mile round trip drive Saturday, I did not get out of bed until 9:15 Sunday morning, January 9, 2011. Made the 20 or mile so drive to Katie's Landing, where I had further delay. Turned on the camera. No memory card. Back home in the computer. No problem, I had a new back up. "Memory Card Error" Not the card you gave me, Pete. Was there a card in my old, backup camera? Yes. I was good to go at 10:45.
|Great egret 2 Woodstork 3|
|Great blue heron 4 Ibis 5|
|Glossy Ibis 6|
|Sandhill crane 7|
|Anhinga 8 At first glance, I thought the rope was a fish. I hope it was able to dislodge it.|
A cool, breezy morning as I paddled down River. Windbreaker and wind pants. Sunny enough for reptiles.
|Eastern phoebe 11|
Good day to be an alligator.
A couple guys launched a canoe just before me, They went down the Wekiva. I saw no one else for an hour. There is a piece of high, flat ground about an hour down River. A popular, illegal, campsite. A campfire was burning. No sign of anybody at the spot, chances are whoever lit the fire failed to fully extinguish it and the wind ignited the coals. And a log.
I stopped, just as pair of paddlers were coming up the River. "Is this yours?" I asked. "No, it was here earlier" "I think we should put it out" They landed at a better spot than I, the gentleman filled what appeared to be a small tackle box with water, jumped up on the bank, and doused the fire.
He then asked if I was with Green Wave. That's a site I occasionally contribute to. It was good to meet Ed and Brenda. They were on the way back to Katie's. I continued to Blackwater Creek.
|Black crowned night heron 12 on Blackwater Creek.|
Paddled up Blackwater for a half hour. Not quite to my usual break spot. I did not want to be out to long. I was tired, and had a Packer playoff game to watch.
|Belted kingfisher 13|