Continued up the narrow run behind Baird Blue, towards, but not all the way to, The Crack Spring.
It was to shallow, and I was too lazy to walk. So, I turned around.
link two maps so you can follow my route.
The great egret was on the left/south side of the Chass. I paddled across, to paddle on the north side of the three island chain near Salt Creek. At the opening, to my surprise, I saw this.
I'm never seen a dolphin this far up the Chass. Easy to take photos, I don't think it had enough depth to fully submerge. Or shake the seaweed off its fin.
Bald eagles often perch in dead palm trees on both sides of the Chas near Dog Island and Crawford Creek. None today. The mouth of Crawford, with some of the aforementioned palmless palms.
I entered and paddled up the Creek.
It was a good day to see yellow crowned night herons.
Yellow crowned night herons were as common as anhingas on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes.
Approaching the Chas, 12:45.
So far, I'd seen a dolphin, otters, manatees and alligators. No bald eagles, or deer, so far. Arrived at the mouth of Potter Creek. Having seen eagles on Potter before, I decided to paddle up this Creek.
Coming around the final bend before Potter Spring, above, a large bird with a broad white tail, took off. I didn't see the head, from from the size, and tail, I think I saw a bald eagle. I paddled on, to Ruth Springs.
I thought of getting out of the yak and in the water, but the mosquitoes and deer flies ended that thought. The above pic is holding the camera in the water, from the kayak.
I took the photo below to show how plants/weeds are trying to take over Potter Creek. I don't recall them being so thick. A brown plant.
I stopped at Houseboat/Snapper Spring to see if manatees, or anything else was around. Nope. Paddled the run entering the spring as far as I could.
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