Florida Trail paddle on the Silver River. We put in at the Silver Springs State Park launch and took out at Ray Wayside County Park, doing our own shuttle.
It was a rather chilly day with most of us bundled up, but we had fun. We saw a lot of birds hunkered down from the cold one gator was out. As the day warmed up there were more turtles coming out to sun. But no monkeys today.
Checking out the head spring on a Chilly January morning.
A little gator – about 4 feet – in the weeds
Immature Little Blue Heron. They turn blue after 2 years.
Great Blue Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Wood Storks hunkered down in the cold.
Starting the year off right with a New Year’s paddle with friends – old and new. We got there as the state park opened and on a cold winter’s day we pretty much had the park and river to ourselves.
We paddled from the Silver Springs State Park launch to Ray Wayside Park. We saw a little bit of everything that the Silver has to offer. And that little bit is pretty much a slice of everything that north Florida has to offer in the way of wildlife. These pictures so why the Silver River is my go-to place for wildlife photography and the perfect place for me to introduce out-of-state friends to natural north Florida.
A winter day on the Silver
Floating past the old Ft King display
Big gator – about 7 feet – with waterline
A chilly lunch at the state park dock around the mid-point
Ibis roosting tree
American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Little monkey (Macaca mulatta) jumping through the trees
Beautifully patterned Red-bellied Cooter
Cooter on a log
A little gator – about 3 feet
Big gator – about 7 feet