The seawall on either side of the channel is, in season, lined with birds. Summer is beginning in Florida, bird sightings will be down until late September. I turned left, north, back into the No Motor Zone.
As you can see, the Banana River is very shallow at low tide. The mats of vegetation were a few hundred yards of shore. Plenty of water across the River at Port Canaveral for cruise ships.
I paddled in the deeper water, figuring that would improve the chance to see manatees and dolphins. But after talking to an angler, who had walked out a quarter mile or so, I headed back. He told me he had seen three bald eagles, two adults and a young one. The adults were encouraging the youngster to fly. Actually, I did not head back right away, but I got behind a trio of yaking yakers, and so to avoid them, went closer to shore.
I did something today I had not done since my first paddle on the Banana River. Paddled out to an island in the middle of the lagoon. A pretty long way. Looks longer than the crossing from Haulover Canal to Mullet Head Island, which is one mile. I'd guess this is at least 1 and a half. Saw a manatee on the way across.
Vehicle Assembly Building in the background
Female hooded mergansers.
Last time I visited this little island, a huge alligator was on it. Today, I circled it, did not see any gators, so I got out of the yak for a break. A manatee surface several times as I ate an apple. I got back in the kayak, paddle out towards where the manatee had been. Did not see it again. I turned around, to begin paddling back to KARS Park when I saw a dolphin. And another, and another. Five all told.
I watched the dolphins for twenty minutes or so. I would have left sooner but every time I would, there were the dolphins again. The island I visited is on a straight line from this installation.
Went back to the dock area to see what was there. A manatee.
Back to the launch site.
Landed at 1:50. Not a bad weekend. Able to paddle Rock Springs Run after work Friday. Alligators and deer. Saturday, monkeys and alligators on the Silver River. Plus a huge school of striped bass in Silver Glen Spring. Sunday, rosette spoonbill, bald eagle, manatees and dolphins on the Banana River.