Just in time for Halloween. Two-headed coot.
First alligator of the day.
A beautiful late morning paddle. I'm guessing low 80's. Humidity no problem. I don't think I broke a sweat paddling up River.
Black crowned night heron.
I was paddling very slowly, waiting for Stephanie. I needed to give her my monkey spotting tips. So far, I had not seen any.
I arrived at the Silver River State Park launch. Landed, and waited for Stephanie. Had a nice chat with a pair of hikers. She arrived, and said she saw over twenty monkeys. Took over 90 pictures. Hopefully, she'll share a couple.
Flying monkey, courtesy, Stephanie. I told her I'm glad I can't figure out way to link all 174 photo she sent me at once. Her photos make mine look like paint by numbers. For example
The Silver River launch is about half way to the Silver's source. We shoved off to complete the upstream paddle.
I may not have seen monkeys, yet, but there sure were a lot of alligators.
The tri colored heron that graces the opening photo.
I was glad that Stephanie had seed monkeys, after all, what kind of a guide would I be if she didn't? But, I needed to see some, darn it. Here, my experience on the Silver River paid off. I could hear branches and palm fronds crashing. Could be three causes. Squirrels, wind, or monkeys. From the duration and volume, it had to be monkeys. I pulled up to the bank, and waited.
Not the big troop Stephanie saw, but I kept my string of always seeing monkeys on or near the Silver River intact. "Near" as once I saw none on the Silver, so I continued on to the Ocklawaha River and saw some there.
Eastern phoebe. A better view.