Fort De Soto Park is 14 miles south. I was on the water at 8.
The zoom is working!
I managed one.
Had to take a picture of this boat. Not because I like jerky.
Lagoon behind the beach
Five legged waders
Leaving the lagoon
Saw a sea turtle on the way Big sea turtle. Surfaced just off the bow. Saw the big shape in the water, thought, "manatee". It came up for air, "that's an odd looking manatee head, oh!".
Paddled on the inner side of Shell Key. Too rough on the Gulf for me. Lots of birds at the key across from Shell, in the shallows.
Great egrets, snowy egrets, reddish egrets, tri colored herons, ibis. All fed under the mangroves.
Young black crowned night heron
A red shouldered hawk flying in did not faze the flock. All these waders, surely I would see a spoonbill. I did not.
This one was at a different island.
Whelk. I think. Empty.
Moon over mangroves
In Soldiers Hole, the manatee, or perhaps another, swam along side. All I saw was the telltale double circle wake.
Landed at 12:10. Decided it was too hot for a bike ride. High, reached at 1:30, was 92.
Headed back to the hotel to eat a sandwich and cool down.
The Marina part of the Hotel and Marina
View of the Gulf from inside my room
On the water at 3:15
Sand bar, bar.
I found the good stuff
Short tunnel through an island. Eleanor or Elnor, maps have different names.
Back to the first island. Also a Preserve. Did not see the sign the first time as I cut through half way around
Not sure if the great blue heron is included.
Landed at 5:27
A microwave dinner and it was time for the sunset. View from the balcony at 7:25
Second floor deck
As usual, I had a good day.