Ocklawaha River – January 30, 2016

A nice little paddle on the lower Ocklawaha River again today – postponed from last week when the predicted highs were in the 30s.  A short paddle from Rodman Dam to State Rd 19 with a lunch break at Davenport Landing.  Not as much wildlife as I’m used to seeing on this section but we did get to see a couple of otters fishing around Davenport Landing, lots of small gators (the largest one was about 5 foot), a bunch of Wood Storks, and probably the last of the fall colors.

I have to admit that a lot of the remaining fall color was the bright red of poison ivy at the base of the trees. 🙂  But there was still a little yellow from the Sweet Gums and red from the Florida Maples and a touch of bright green new growth in the cypress trees.

The Ocklawaha River below Rodman Dam. Just a little fall color left in the Sweet Gums and Florida Maple

The Ocklawaha River below Rodman Dam. Just a little fall color left in the Sweet Gums and Florida Maple

The biggest gator of the day (Alligator mississipiensis). This one was about a 5-footer. Lots of little gators out sunning today after several days of cold weather.

The biggest gator of the day (Alligator mississipiensis). This one was about a 5-footer. Lots of little gators out sunning today after several days of cold weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana). They used to be a rare sighting in north Florida but I'm seeing more and more of them up here. This one was about 5/foot tall and kindly posed for me for a minute or two. Ugly in the face, but beautiful in flight.

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana). They used to be a rare sight in north Florida but we’re seeing more and more of them up here. This one is about 5-foot tall and kindly posed for us for a minute or two. This is an immature bird, the head is not bald yet.

Just a little bit of fall color left on the lower Ocklawaha. But this shot gives a good idea of what most of the lower Ocklawaha looks like. Narrow and twisting with swampy borders and usually teeming with birds.

This shot gives a good idea of what most of the lower Ocklawaha looks like. Narrow and twisting with swampy borders and usually teeming with birds.