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Cedar Key Sunset

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Haulover Canal

Getting to this Tale on August 2. Looking at the cover pic for the first time since I posted it 6 weeks ago and said, "wow".
On the Indian River at 12:54. After a Saturday morning at work.

 Mullett Head Island



Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on the Gulf coast, where I am this weekend(Aug 2), may be more famous, but the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge more than holds its own with the number and diversity of wildlife.


Feeding time

 I read on the Ding Darling FB page that there are only 260 nesting pairs of reddish egrets in Florida.
Which surprised me as I see so many at Mullet Head.


Another reddish egret
 I wonder if white pelican chicks are brown.

 One of the many reasons I love kayaking is seeing things I have not seen before.  Like a snowy egret.
I know it was not wading
 Could see it kicking.


Back towards shore, into the side canals to look for manatees

 Found a couple.

And, fiddler crabs.


To Bairs Cove for more manatees

 In the Canal, headed towards Mosquito Lagoon



Mosquito Lagoon

 Frolicking manatees





 Weather moving in.
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Landed at 4:45
 I have been driving past the Bio Lab boat ramp for 25 years.  Checked it out for the first time.
 A bumpy road to beaten up ramp

Launch towers. I need to find out if these are active. It would be a great spot to view a launch. Or maybe these are just communication towers.

On to Black Point Wildlife Drive.

Nesting stilt



 Distant white pelicans. Surprised to see them this time of year
 Close up. Lizard.


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I think this was at a red light.
 I know this was at the Publix on Orlando Ave. in Winter Park




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