Launched from Snow Hill Road at 2: 00 and began paddling up River.
The gator on the left is not small. The other is up there with the biggest I have even seen.
Five more minutes, I'm pretty sure this is the same bald eagle.
Some non-eagle photos.
Saw only two people on the up River paddle, Two guys fishing from the bank. My plan was to paddle for two hours, turn around at a spot where people camp, and a dead end offers wildlife, including an eagle nest.
Began the return paddle at 5 after 4.
With its wooded, high banks, the Econ is different from most other Central Florida rivers, which tend to have low, or no, banks.
Saw the anglers again, who were glad to see me. I freed a lure that had caught a branch in the water. "Didn't think sticks were in season"
Came to a turn in the River, dead trees at the wide part of the turn, a short rivulet on the right. Hold it, this is where the nest is.
I thought I saw a second eagle, on the nest, when I was at a distance. Gone by the time I started snapping pictures.
I turned my attention to another flock of robins. This may sound crazy, but for me, robins are rarer than bald eagles. Except for this winter. I've been seeing more, a lot more of the red breasted songbirds than ever. Maybe the record cold in December and January drove them further south than in previous years. I turned back to the nest, now both eagles were gone.
Red shouldered hawks.
I wonder if this eagle was in the nest last year.
I've seen a single bald eagle on this tree a couple of times.
Saw six more people, two bikers, a couple walking a dog, and father and son in a canoe. That made eight for the afternoon.
I don't think I've ever seen an otter on, or in, the Econ. Until today. Aiming the camera for the final photo of the day, the Snow Hill Road Bridge. What's that branch bobbing up and down. I should have taken the picture. Not a branch, an otter. I drifted, hoping it would pop up again. It did, but I failed to get a photo. Here's the final photo, ending the paddle at 5:55 PM.