Turkey vulture. I had not taken any photos of the hundreds of vultures, black, mostly, near Nature's Classroom. But this one, alone on a narrow part of the River, caught my eye. Then my nose caught the deer carcass in the River.
Great egret, ibis, blue heron
The second and third paddlers of the morning were coming down stream as I took the otter picture. 3 people in 3 hours. I can live with that.
First gator of the day.
Gator #2. By the way # is a number sign. A hash tag is the price of your breakfast potatoes.
3rd gator. Possibly a repeat. I had come about.
Landed at 11:14. Took a 30 minute lunch break. Recharged the camera battery. In the woman's restroom. No outlet in the men's. Good thing no one was around but the Canoe Escape concession worker. One kayaker arrived as I was finishing lunch. My signal to get back on the River.
Alligator count to 7. First on the Hillsborough.
Oh, not a bag.
Gator 8. This is the one in the opening photo. Number 9, barely visible in the logs.
Not one twisted alligator. Numbers 10 and 11.
Pie billed grebe
Next 3 photos, cormorant swallows a fish
Approaching Trout Creek Park, 3:35. I brought my trail bike, but decided I wanted to get to my hotel on the Gulf, leisurely check in, and go for a sunset walk. Traffic is usually terrible through downtown Tampa. This trip, slowed to 40 mph for a short time, which was far better than usual. This is the third January in a row I've made a $50 Priceline bid and ended up at the Sirata on St. Pete Beach. Next year, $45.00. The first time, I signed up for the "Club". So, when I go, I ask if I can get an upgrade. The desk clerk told me she would see what she could do. "I think you will like this"
Outside my door
View from the balcony
Inside the suite
Super vivid setting works well on them, too.
There was covered parking. Plenty of spaces. Bigger than the ones out in the open. I lined up with the elevator and stairwell, just on the other side from where I parked.
Not a bad day