Monthly Archives: February 2015

Rainbow – February 11, 2015

Great day paddling (aren’t they all?) on the Rainbow River near Dunnellon, FL.  We put in at K.P. Hole County Park, paddled up to the head spring at Rainbow Springs state Park, then floated back down to the CR 484 take-out.  A little over 7 miles all together.

Seven of us hit the river in the cold, but the sun came out and by the time we were on the water after setting up our shuttling we were ditching our jackets.  We saw a couple of little gators, some turtles, a tree of Cormorants building nests (a very noisy business), Wood Ducks, Anhinga, several pair of Red Shouldered Hawks, Ibis, Common Gallinules, American Coots, Pileated Woodpeckers, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, immature Little Blue Herons, a Tri-colored Heron, even a horse getting ready to go for a swim.

And a nice lunch at Swampy’s afterward with some good people.

K.P. Hole County Park

K.P. Hole County Park

At the head spring

At the head spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

Immature American White Ibis

Immature Ibis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron on Wood duck box

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on Wood duck box

Anhinga having a bad hair day

Anhinga having a bad hair day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Coots (Fulica americana)

American Coots (Fulica americana)

Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tri-color Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Tri-color Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Immature Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

Immature Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slider warming in the sun

Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) warming in the sun

Horse coming down to swim

Horse coming down to swim