Ocklawaha River and Bear Creek – February 20, 2016

Another beautiful day on the Ocklawaha River and Bear Creek.  We again put in at Johnson Field Landing, paddled down the Ocklawaha, up the St Johns to the first creek, then back to the landing via Bear Creek.

We saw a little more wildlife than on the same trip a few days ago and with only 4 days of warmer weather the spring green has really started popping out – especially the Cypress and Bay while the Maple and Sweet Gum retain some of their winter foliage.  A few Late Purple Aster and Swamp Lily can still be found.  Turtles were out sunning and we saw and heard an amazing assortment of birds – White Ibis, Great Egret, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Little Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron, and loads of little warblers in the stream-side bushes.

Just a hint of spring foliage on the Ocklawaha River

Just a hint of spring foliage on the Ocklawaha River near the St Johns.

Paddling into a flock of White Ibis (Eudocimus albus ). NEVER paddle UNDER a flock of Ibis!

Paddling into a flock of White Ibis (Eudocimus albus ). NEVER paddle UNDER a flock of Ibis!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Great Egret (Ardea alba) and reflection on Bear Creek

A Great Egret (Ardea alba) and reflection on Bear Creek

A sunning Cooter (Pseudemys spp) and reflection on Bear Creek.

A sunning Cooter (Pseudemys spp) and reflection on Bear Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus ) - peeking at us.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus ) – peeking at us.

Pileated Woodpecker (Hylatomus pileatus) on Bear Creek.

Pileated Woodpecker (Hylatomus pileatus) on Bear Creek.