Category Archives: Rainbow

Rainbow River – August 6, 2016

A great but rainy morning on the Rainbow River today.  With a reported “aggressive gator” hanging out around the boat ramp near K.P. Hole County Park, they have closed all swimming and tubing at both the county park and Rainbow Springs State Park.   So due to the gator scare and the off and on sprinkles all day we were one of only two cars in the parking lot at K.P. Hole!

The river was SOOOO peaceful and quiet.  Saw lots of wet birds hunkered down along the river.  There were many Anhinga and Cormorants – neither of which have oil glands – perched on stumps trying to dry out their wings.  And got to couple of pics of a Snowy Egret, which we have not seen on the Rainbow before.  Come to think of it, our last truly great paddle on the Rainbow was also on a misty morning last year.  The mist on the water and the saturation of color is just gorgeous.

Paddling in the clouds.

Paddling in the clouds.

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) trying to dry his wings

And a Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) trying to dry his wings

A very wet female Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) trying to dry her wings,

A very wet female Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) trying to dry her wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of Double-crested Cormorants hunkered down in the rain.

A pair of Double-crested Cormorants hunkered down in the rain.

Immature Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) on a Wood Duck box

Immature Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) on a Wood Duck box. He’s about half-way between his baby white phase and his adult blue phase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow River – July 16, 2016

Another paddle today on the Rainbow River, this time leading a trip for the Florida Trail Association.  In spite of the summer weekend crowds there was an amazing amount of wildlife on the river.  Saw a couple of river otters, which is always a treat, as well as a lot of birds, including the very vocal but very shy Common Gallinule with a couple of babies.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) taking a snooze

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) taking a snooze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) with one of her two fluffy babies.

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) with one of her two fluffy babies.

One of two North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis). The two adults were swimming and fishing together.

One of two North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis). The two adults were swimming and fishing together.

Rainbow River – July 13, 2016

Wow! Two birthday paddles in one week! My kayak group surprised me with birthday cupcakes on our paddle Wednesday on the Rainbow River near Dunnellon, FL.

Beautiful day for a paddle with blue skies, fluffy white clouds, high temps and a cooling river for a little snorkeling and swimming.  We saw Ibis, Cormorants, Anhinga, Little Blue Herons, Great White Herons, female Wood Ducks, Green Herons, Swallow-tailed Kites, plus lots of Cooters basking in the sun. In the river we saw some gar, carp, loads of sunfish and a few good sized bass.  Also both Scarlet and Swamp Pink Hibiscus were in bloom up near the head spring.  Just another day indulging ourselves in paradise.

Birthday cupcakes!

Birthday cupcakes!

Enjoying the cupcakes.

Enjoying the cupcakes.  The white stuff on my face is sun screen, not icing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snorkeling on the Rainbow River between the state park and KP Hole.

Snorkeling on the Rainbow River between the state park and KP Hole.

Looking downstream from the head spring.

Looking downstream from the head spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa). She had one 1/2 grown baby with her, but she shooed it into the weeds when I got close enough for a picture.

Female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa). She had one 1/2 grown baby with her, but she shooed it into the weeds when I got close enough for a picture.

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwater shot of one of the little spring vents along the river.

Underwater shot of one of the little spring vents along the river.

Gar near a spring. These are probably Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus) or maybe Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus), I can't tell the difference between them.

Gar near a spring. These are probably Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus) or maybe Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus), I can’t tell the difference between them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swamp Pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus grandiflorus)

Swamp Pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus grandiflorus)

Scarlet Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)

Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)