A bald eagle perched across from the launch as I prepared to shove off. It flew away before I got in the water. So, I won't count it. Unless, I need it for a tie-breaker. I photoed 17 different animals that I can identify, yesterday on the Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek. I think that is the record since I began counting in January, 2011. Into the St. Johns River at 10:25. Paddled to the mouth of Blue Springs Run. No entry this time of year as cormorants stood sentinel at the sanctuary.
|Manatees leaving Blue Spring Run 2|
One accompanied me down the St. Johns.
Don't know if it turned into the area behind the island across from the French Ave. launch. I did.
|Tri colored heron 3|
|Ibis 4. Bonus vulture 5.|
|Great blue heron 8|
Lots of wildlife in the area behind the island. Saw a couple more manatees, Three alligators. Heard, more than saw the first two gators as they hurriedly left the bank. This one stayed put.
One paddler. A kayaker, paddling hard and fast. Me? I'd rather enjoy the ride.
|Red shouldered hawk 15|
Just one paddler, the same racing kayaker. I entered Snake Creek about 1 o'clock.
There is some nice high ground along the first quarter mile or so of Snake Creek. I took a lunch break.
|Eastern phoebe 16|
|Black crowned night heron 17. Tying the record set yesterday on the Wekiva. I've only been doing these critter counts since this January, I'm sure there are Tales with at least 20 different animal in the archives.|
One paddler on the Creek. Coming from the St. Johns end, so I knew it was clear. Another hard charger, this one in a canoe. I saw him again, as he turned around and passed me.
Returning to the St. Johns, 2:50 PM.
Other than the gator, not much activity at the mouth of Blue Spring Run. Saw only two manatees, headed out to the St. Johns. I decided to paddle over to the island.
After the pic of the great blue heron in a tree, I turned the camera to a blue heron in the river vegetation.
I headed back to the launch, looking for eagles in the tall trees across the River. None. I landed just after 4:00. Pulled the yak on shore, took the cart out of the hold, turned around. I did not hear Neil Armstrong.
This tri colored heron at the old launch area is almost the picture of the day.
View from the boardwalk.