Sunrise, behind Dog Island, 7:01
Time to look for roseate spoonbills
Caught the last of a small flock flying overhead
The flock was the largest contingent of spoonies I saw.
They, and spoonbills, look like characters on Saturday morning cartoons
Landed at 8:30. My car was still the only one in the beach/launch parking area
View from 331, 8:47. 10:20 now. A shower just passed. Time to pack a lunch and get back in the kayak.
Under way, again, at 10:59.
Past Dock Street, out towards Astena Otie Key
Seas a light chop, no dark clouds, looked like a good day to make the voyage to Seahorse Key.
Saw a dolphin at the inlet to the lighthouse dock. I did not go into the inlet.
Seeing the red in the mangroves, I thought, those spoonbills are bright.
Not spoonbills. Male magnificent frigate birds looking to get laid.
First, or last? white pelican of the winter.
Saw two bonnet head sharks in the shallows. The have the odd shaped head, like a hammerhead, but curved. Small.
There is only room for two cormorants on a sign. Twice, I saw a third try to land. Both times, the odd bird out was rebuffed.
One problem with my lunch plan. Once I was around the bend, it was a long walk to the beach due to the tide.
Attempt to photo a sea turtle. Saw two. Maybe three, I forget.
Landed just past 2:30
331, from the kayak at water's edge. I ate the delayed sandwich. Better toasted, anyway. Composed Yak Tales, shared photos, until it was time to bike to Sandy's Produce.
Checking in on the kayak.
Halfway there, I realized I did not have my wallet. Went back to get it.
You don't need a kayak to see spoonbills and more in Cedar Key
6:18, out to sea.
Number 2 Channel
Wooden post in a small mangrove islet. From the old RR? Telephone, or maybe, telegraph pole?
Nature's Landing, landing.
Tide had come in a little bit, I paddled past the wreck. Felt one of the oyster bars with my paddle, not with the bottom of the kayak.
25 minutes to sunset
Out of the Number 2 Channel
Ready to serve dinner, an hour later. Pasta, tomato sauce, garlic, pepper, red onion, green pepper, butter, shrimp, and stinky clams.