|Dolphins at the Tomoka River|
|Boat Ramp at Tomoka State Park|
|Tomoka State Park dock|
|Fiddler Crabs. If you think the ground is moving blame them!!!!!|
|Red Bellied Woodpecker|
|Great Egret and Wood Stork|
|Wood Storks. There were dozens of those birds in the area and more kept coming!.|
|Juvenile Little Blue Heron|
|Tomoka River Dolphin. Looks like is missing a chunk of its dorsal fin.|
|Tomoka River Dolphin #2|
|Tomoka River Dolphins #3 and #4|
Was close to the entrance of Strickland Creek when the dolphins showed up. Started paddling the creek behind two motor boats, plenty of them at the Idle Speed Zone creek. Here are the pics of what I saw on that part of the trip on my way to Sanchez Park.
|Pileated Woodpecker - female|
|Pileated Woodpecker - Can you see her tongue out?|
To that point the paddle up creek was not impressive. The scenery is beautiful and the creek is broad but was a little disappointing. Not too much wildlife display. Was hoping for the manatees to be at Sanchez Park. But my mood changed after seeing a deer in the forest to my left, then another, and another one. A young buck with two females...
|Strickland Creek deer|
|Flirting? Sorry sweetie. You are not my type. Happily married here!!!!|
|Young Buck at Strickland Creek|
|Is she doing what I think she is doing?|
|Look at those ears!!!!!|
The deer sighting was the highlight of this part of the paddle. Made it to Sanchez Park where took a break. No manatees to be seen, which was a bummer. Thirty minutes after was on my way back to Tomoka State Park. Thought about paddling Thompson Creek but that would have put me on the open waters of the Tomoka River like two miles from the state park and the wind was coming strong from the North. Decided to go down Strickland Creek instead...
|Sanchez Park Boat ramp|
|Nice boardwalk at Sanchez Park|
|A Juvenile Little Blue Heron at Strickland Creek|
|Osprey at Strickland Creek|
|Snowy Egret. This one was at the Tomoka River across the mouth of the creek|
|Great Blue Heron at the Tomoka River|
|Tomoka River Osprey|
|Closest I got from a decent manatee pic.|
Made it to the state park ramp while a small flotilla was going out. They headed down river...
|Tomoka River kayakers going out from the Tomoka Outpost at the state park.|
That is it for this one. Before I leave let me share with you a few pics taken on my way to Tomoka State Park in the morning. The only reason none of them made it to the opening pic spot is because were not taken from the kayak...
|Ready to fly!!!!!!!|
|This would have been the opening of this post but this is Views From Our Kayak, not Views From Our Mini Van.|