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Friday, March 3, 2017

DeLeon Springs-Spring Garden Creek

Osprey
Could not picked a worse day for a comeback. Not even the concessionary at DeLeon Springs were renting kayaks due a "lake wind advisory". Nahhh!!!!!!!! I can handle it...that is what I thought. Reality was not even close. Decided to cut it short. But had some pics chances in the process and that is what counts.

Hello there!!!!

Put In / Take Out: DeLeon Springs State Park. Please check other posts from this location for information. Am sure I had posted links to DeLeon Springs State Park. You will find all the information you need.

Moorhen

As I mentioned at the beginning it was tough to paddle at this location on this particular day. The outflow of the springs goes to a nice lagoon or mini lake where the wind was not as brutal but at the open waters of Spring Garden Lake the story was different. Very tough to take pics of flying eagles, swallow tail kites, ospreys, and hawks controlling your kayak and preventing your hat from flying 50 feet away in the process. Let me stop whining. Let us go to the pics.

Cormorant
 Cormo
Great Blue Heron

Cormorant

Little Blue Heron

Great Egret

Osprey

Limpkin


Ibis

Osprey

In the distance was able to ID a Bald Eagle trying to catch a fish while battling the wind. Paddled as hard as I could to position myself with the Sun behind me and at least try to get a decent shot of the eagle. The wind moved it farther from me and was not able to do much. Excuse me for the poor quality of the pics. Were the only ones I got.

Bald Eagle





Bald Eagle

Was taking a pic of this sub adult, its body feathers are not completely brown yet as it still has white ones, when an adult came and chased it out of the area. Here is...The Chase...(again...sorry about the low quality of the pics)

The Chase is ON!!!!


Adult up to the right and sub adult to the left. See the difference in the feather colors

Swipe!!!!!!!

Hail the conquer hero!!!!!!!

Went into Spring Garden Creek, where I usually paddle all the way down to Lake Woodruff. Not today. The wind was really strong in my back and was going to face on my way back. Did paddle 30 minutes or so and decided to return to the State Park...

Tri Colored Heron


Limpkin

Alligator at Spring Garden Creek

Osprey

Great Blue Heron


Anhinga

Juvenile Ibis

Osprey


Green Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

And this is it. Do really have to make an effort to kayak more often. Too many things going on at the same time but still enjoy kayaking and shooting pics as the first day I tried it almost 7 years ago. Stay tuned. There will be more Views From Our Kayak soon.






Friday, January 6, 2017

Lower Wekiva River (From Katie's Landings)

Pileated Woodpecker

Sometimes the better pleasures in life are the simplest ones, like kayaking at your own little piece of paradise. That is what I did today, back to the water at one of my very favorites. Nothing spectacular, nothing out of the ordinary...just chilling. Will go back to that later.


Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This is not the first post from this location that I published here so for information about Put In/ Take Out please check one of the previous posts. You will find a link there with the location of Katie's Landings. Let us go the pics of this short nice paddle...


Pied Billed Grebe in the mist

Belted Kingfisher
 
Little Blue Heron

Anhinga

Anhinga

Limpkin

Limpkin

Gray Cat Bird

Gray Cat bird

Ibis

Turtle

Turkey

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Pileated Woodpecker

Pied Billed Grebe

Green Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This is it. Our first paddle this year. Thanks for checking us and come back for a new post. We will be sharing with you the Views From Our Kayak...Ahhh...Remember that I mentioned "chilling" ?


Chilling in the Wekiva River