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Friday, August 5, 2016

Lower Wekiva River (from Katie's Landings)

And it was happyyyyyyyyy....

Back to the water...back to the kayak...the gator was happy...as happy as I was...

Not really. Gators open their mouth as a cooling technique so it was not happy to see me in the river again but I was really happy to be able to kayak again. This was a short one, two hours total, as did not want to stress my elbow. Not completely healed yet. Good news it did not hurt at all during the paddle. Bad news...it was a little sore this morning. Ahhhh...who cares. Let us go to the pics from this trip starting with pics from the lagoon area in front of Katie's Landings...

Little Blue Heron

Ibis

Tri-Colored Heron (juvenile)

Belted Kingfisher

Tri-Colored Heron (adult)

Tri-Colored Heron

Kept paddling through the West side of the island near Katie's Landings. It is more wild and peaceful. Looks like someone cut lots of fallen trees. It looked very wide.

Green Heron

Green Heron....caption the pic


Great Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Did paddle all the way to the high ground area that it is used as a campsite, which is illegal. That does not stop people from using. Did turn around immediately. Usually I would take a break at the high ground but not this time. The following pics are from my trip up river.


Red Shouldered Hawk (juvenile)

Small gator enjoys the Sun

Mid Sized Gator

Turtle

Swallow Tailed Kite

Swallow Tailed Kite

Swallow Tailed Kite

Swallow Tailed Kite

This is it for this one. I do not know if you missed my posts but I did really miss kayaking. Thanks for coming and hope you come back soon. We will be sharing the Views From Our Kayak...


Gator

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Circle B Bar Reserve - Lakeland (NKP)

Cardinal

Still on the DL, much better but still nursing the tendonitis. A couple of weeks resting it should get rid of the problem for good. Problem is I wanted to do something today. Circle B Reserve has been in my To Do List for a while. Well, not anymore.

Circle B Bar Reserve: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/circlebbarreserve.html


Limpkin Buffet

This place is absolutely amazing. Am looking forward to go back when the heat goes away. I made it to the reserve by 7:30AM and in one hour was already soak in sweat. So many trails, so much variety. I walked 8.5 miles  total in 4 hours and a half. Walked the Heron Retreat, Eagle's Roost, Wading Birds, Tree Frogs, Alligator Alley, and Shady Oaks Trail. On this last one found a hat with a cell phone and car keys. Took them to the Nature Building. Anyways, no more talking, to the pics we go...

















Glossy Ibis

After the first trip around using Heron Retreat, Eagle's Roost, and Tree Frog Trails spent 15 minutes inside my car with the AC on. It was brutally hot and humid. Thought about going back home but it was early and wanted to explore Alligator Alley. A nice young lady warned me about a wild boar in the area. Saw two of them and was able to take pics as they were not interested in me at all.










Limpkin Family

This is it for today. Another trip here is required but seems like I would have to invest on a bicycle. I would be easier like that not only here but in the Orlando and Viera Wetlands. We will see. Thanks for checking us and I truly hope that in our next post we will be sharing with you Views From Our Kayak.

Eagles'Nest (Pic taken on the Eagle's Roost Trail. Nest is far into the tree line)

Note: Will finish including the caps on the pics later...HAPPY FATHER's DAY!!!!!!


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr (NKP)

Bald Eagle

Elbow still bothering me. Decided to let it rest one more week before going back to the water. Another Non Kayaking Post then, this time from the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. There is not too much to say about this post. Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a place where you most likely drive around with a few couple spots where you can pull over and walk around, which I plan to do in the Fall, when it will not be too hot. Or maybe I just buy a bicycle and ride around???? Let me stop typing and go to the pics...


Glossy Ibis

Barn Swallows (????)

Osprey

Green Heron (Mega Long Distance Shot)

Great Blue Heron

What the heck is this????

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Black Necked Stilt

Black Necked Stilt

Tri-Colored Heron

Tri-Colored Heron

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Cormorants

Bald Eagle

Great Egret

Ibis

Moorhen and chick

Moorhen Chick

Moorhen

Glossy Ibis


Anhinga (female)

Anhinga (male)

Snowy Egret

Barn Swallow

And this is it for this one. It was a nice relaxing one, except for the moment when one guy riding a bicycle, to whom I pulled over way before he went by me, yelled something as he he rode by. I was going to follow to make things clear, car >>>>> bicycle...much faster you know. But my Mom taught me to never argue with idiots as whoever is watching may not be able to see the difference. So I kept shooting pics at the Bald Eagle and quickly forgot the incident. Thanks for coming and see you soon. Am looking forward to share with you the Views From Our Kayak.

Gator near at the Pump House pond at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive