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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

St. Johns River (via Blue Spring State Park)

Bald Eagle

Short paddle at the waters of the St. Johns River via Blue Spring State Park. Rain showed up uninvited but it was expected. Still had a blast this morning. Did paddle around the State Park. Went as far as the area in front of the French Ave landing. It was very windy and being in the open waters of the St Johns was not too much fun. Had an extended photo session with the Bald Eagle of the opening. It was high in a tree in front of the Put In. I waited...and waited...and waited until I was tired of waiting. Then waited a little more...and paid off.

Gator in the St Johns River

Put In / Take Out: Blue Spring State Park. Check the link for location and fee information.


Manatee Observation platform at Blue Spring State Park

Not much to say about this one. Already said it in the opening paragraph. Went up the board walk at the State Park. A few manatees already in the run.

Manatees in the Blue Spring Run

Manatees in the Blue Spring Run

Manatees in the Blue Spring Run

Blue Spring Run

That has to be the coolest job in the planet

Not too much action on the St Johns...

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Cormorant

Anhinga

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

Heard the distinctive call of a Bald Eagle. I knew where to look for it as there is usually a mating pair around the State Park. Found the eagle in a tree in front of the State Park put in. I did struggle to find a spot to shoot pics. The wind tossed me all over the area. Finally found a spot against the vegetation mat just South of the put in. There I shoot lots of pics and waited for the eagle to fly and/or to go for a fish.


Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
 
Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

After almost 45 minutes of waiting my patience paid off...

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

It went to the other usual tree near the confluence of the run with the St Johns. Gave a few minutes to enjoy its lunch in peace then I did go for a few more shots...

Bald Eagle

This place has no napkins. Heck...let me use this nice branch here!!!!!

Bald Eagle

And this is it for this one. Thanks for checking our blog and receive an invitation to return to our next post. We will be soon sharing more Views From Our Kayak.

Bald Eagle

2 comments:

  1. The pictures of the Dolphin and the fish are stunning! Well done!

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