Monthly Archives: June 2015

Silver River – June 10, 2015

We did a week-day paddle on the Silver River for the Florida Trail Association.  To accommodate people who needed to rent we put in at the State Park launch, paddle downstream about 3 miles then paddled back to the launch.  (There is no shuttle service for the rental boats and they do not allow you to shuttle them yourself.)

About 15 minutes before the end we got poured on, but it was still a lot of fun.  The thunder and lightning started just as we were loading up the kayaks, but at least we were off the water.

Pappa Wood Duck bring home the bacon... er... seed pod

Pappa Wood Duck bring home the bacon… er… seed pod

Mamma Wood Duck and babies

Mamma Wood Duck and babies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup of Water Hemlock after the rain.

Closeup of Water Hemlock after the rain.

Long-jawed orb weaver spider

Long-jawed orb weaver spider. Body about an inch long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure how well SUPs and gators mix!

I’m not sure how well SUPs and gators mix!

Cormorants and Anhingas hunkered down in the rain

Cormorants and Anhingas hunkered down in the rain

Rainbow River – June 3, 2015

Wonderful paddle today on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, FL.  Although rain was predicted the skies were blue, the day hot, the water cool and we “suffered” through another day in paradise.  🙂

Got a decent shot of a red-shouldered hawk from both front and back, sitting on a Wood Duck box on the lower river.

And we FINALLY got a couple of decent otter pics.  Not great shots, but those little guys are so canny that I have been trying for years to get more than just a black dot that I could point to and say “See, there’s an otter.”  They will let you get just so close, then no closer.  To tell the story of these pics, a family of otters, 2 adults and 2 or 3 pups, were crossing the river in front of us.  Rather than speed up to try to get a shot of heads in the water we followed from a distance to see where they were going.  In spite of staying back quite a ways, the adults herded the little ones into the bushes, one adult following them in.  The other adult, the one seen in these pictures, turned around at the entrance and “stood guard” while the other made their escape.

Rainbow Springs State Park head spring

Rainbow Springs State Park head spring

Turtles at Rain Springs head spring

Turtles at Rain Springs head spring.  One of the reasons they sun is to get rid of the algae on their shells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) from the front

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) fro the back

 

 

 

 

 

 

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

North American River Otter

 

 

 

 

 

 

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

North American River Otter

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

North American River Otter