Another paddle on the Silver River today in Silver Springs, FL but no rain – all sunshiny although skies were partly cloudy. We saw some nice sized Florida gar, lots of Cormorants and Anhingas, Cooters and Sliders (turtles), Little Blue Herons, Wood Ducks and Ibis.
It was a great day for gator watching – everything from little babies around 8 inches long to a big ‘un about 7 feet with a very broad head.
We also saw a couple of monkeys – actually Rhesus macaques. The one of them charged down the Sweet Gum branch at us, so we backed up another 20 feet. Then she grabbed some berries. Maybe she thought we were threatening her breakfast.
Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus). A Florida native hibiscus also known as Texas Star.
Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar luteum) also called Spatterdock, is a water lily native to Florida.
Adult Anhinga feeding one of the young ‘uns.
Little Blue Heron sitting on nest
A baby gator, about 12 inches long. His yellow stripes help him blend with the vegetation.
A baby gator, about 8 inches.
Monkeys! The one on the left charged us.
Male Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
“Oh my, what big teeth you have, Grandma!” This was a 5- to 6-footer sunning on the bank.
A Study in Pewter and Black