Paddling the gap between Buzzard Island and Banana Island, I saw a dolphin. Several times. Disappointed I could not get a picture. But, my spirits were soon lifted.
It landed where I've seen eagles before, maybe the same one.
Map. I circled Buzzard Island, headed back to Three Sisters Spring.
Buffleheads and blue winged teal.
Fisherman. Happy guy. Happy snook, to as it was released. Not in season, and to big if they were in season. This was in the canal on the way to Three Sisters. I hoped the crowd had cleared out. I was running short on time, as Hunter Springs Park closes at sunset. I could have launched at the ramp between Charlies Restaurant and Bird's Underwater, which does not close, but I prefer the soft bank launch at Hunter Springs to concrete and asphalt. As does the bottom of my kayak.
Osprey across from Three Sisters.
Which was much less crowded. One pontoon boat. From the Port Hotel, but with a USGS Manatee Research banner tied to the rail. I had seen it in the canal, earlier. I was watching two manatees eating a clump of seaweed. Then a boat came, too fast, in my opinion. No indication they saw the manatees. What were they researching? Boat strikes, first hand? They might want to sent a better example. When I launched, a woman told me they were capturing manatees. Probably part of this
I anchored outside the run to Three Sisters and conducted my own research.
Just a few wet suited (wimps) snorkelers and two kayakers in the Springs.