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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Haulover Canal



Dolphin goes under in the Indian RIver

Had a stellar paddle this morning at Haulover Canal and have good news and bad news. Bad news first: I have a bunch of pics to share. Good news now: I have a bunch of pics to share. In a self pat in a back move, feel like I am improving my photography. Was able to keep over a 100 pics which will divide between our Facebook page and the blog. After the split of the pics tonight saved 75 of them on the folder of the ones to be posted here. Well, if I post 75 pics here you will probably will never come back so will try not to post so many.

Dolphin at Haulover Canal

Put In / Take Out: End of dirt road North and West side of the bridge over Haulover Canal. No fee. Lots of mosquitoes.

White Pelican at the Indian River

It was a beautiful morning. The waters of the Indian River were smooth and a very light breeze coming from the South. No cars at the end of the dirt road where I did put in. A pair of dolphins, an adult and a little one, were swimming at the Indian River close to the end of the canal. Did shoot some pics for a few minutes before heading to Mullet Head Island, a bird sanctuary West of Haulover Canal in the Indian River. This time circled the island using a clockwise rotation. The Sun light was so nice in the South East of Mullet Head that it was an easy decision.

Brown Pelican flying over Mullet Head Island

The conditions at the Indian River deteriorated while I was going around. On my way back to the canal it was very choppy and the wind picked up so headed straight to the canal without paddling through the alternate canal South of Haulover Canal, also known as Dolphin Cove.

Horned Grebe

Saw manatees in the Indian River and at Haulover Canal but none at Bair's Cove. A dolphin, hunting near the confluence of Dolphin Cove and the canal entertained me for several minutes. Tried to get a pic of it jumping after a fish and was close to get it, but did not get a good one. Will post it as a motivation to get better but it is really a bad one. Well, here are more pics of what I saw during this paddle. Let us start with the pair of dolphins at the Indian River...


Pair of dolphins at the Indian River

Dolphins


Dolphin

Dolphin

Dolphin pair

Dolphin

Dolphins

Dolphin

Dolphins

Now let me share what I saw at Mullet Head Island...

Royal Tern (???)

White Pelicans...and some more

White Pelicans and a Brown Pelican at the front to the right of the pic

Gulls


Mullet Head Island Scene

Cormorant

Cormorant and Ibis

Brown Pelicans

White Pelicans

TBD


TBD

Ring Billed Sea Gull and a Rudy Turnstone

Gull and Rudy Turnstone

Osprey


Roseate Spoonbill

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Great Blue Heron


TBD

Spoonie

Spoonie

TBD

White Pelicans

Back at the Haulover Canal area...

Osprey

Osprey
Dolphin hunting at Dolphin Cove

Dolphin catches a fish. Can you see the fish tail at the left of the pic?

Dolphin

Little mullet jumps for its life. Did not make it

Dolphin

Dolphin

Breathing

Dolphin

Dolphin. Haulover Canal bridge as a background

Dolphin

View from my kayak

Dolphin

Dolphin

Dolphin

A little too close to the action

Dolphin

And there it goes again!!!!!

And down goes the fish
Dolphin

And here is the pic I mentioned at the beginning. It is not a good one but I want to remember how close it was to become this blog best opening pic ever. I did not anticipate the jump right. Of course is a dud so with my apologies, here it is..

Missed it by that much. Probably the worst pic I have posted here...Five more feet and it would have been right there.

And this is it for this one. Always take a look at our Facebook page for more pics from this and past trips. Thanks for reading and I invite you to come back for the next one so we can share more Views From Our Kayak.

White Pelicans at Mullet Head Island

3 comments:

  1. Only 75? We want more! TBD looks like a ruddy turnstone

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  2. "Only" posted 60...and like 20 something more, different ones, on the Facebook page. :) Thanks for bird ID. I believed that was it but for some reason those ones look different, like missing a black stripe in the neck. Maybe are juveniles.

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  3. OMG, your photos are just amazing!! Even your "duds". :)

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