Rainbow – June 21, 2017

Another nice little paddle for 12 of us on the Rainbow River.  This paddle was postponed from 2 weeks ago due to all the (greatly needed) rain we have been having and the day was overcast but not a drop of rain fell on us!  It was great to get out on the water with a bunch of nice people, including an 8 year old on her first paddle and a guy with his strip-built kayak he was dusting off after a long hibernation. We saw lots of birds, swamp hibiscus, and we got to watch a couple of otters fishing, although I could not get close enough for good pictures of them.

We put in at K.P. Hole County Park, paddled up to the head spring, then coasted back down to the Blue Run take-out on CR 484, taking a lunch break at Gissy Spring.

Paddling up to the head spring

Paddling up to the head spring

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

Swamp Pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus grandiflorus)

Swamp Pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus grandiflorus)

Hanging out at the head spring

Hanging out at the head spring

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Strip-built Guillemot kayak at Gissy Spring run

Strip-built Guillemot kayak at Gissy Spring run

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Male Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Male Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Helping each other out at the take-out.

Helping each other at the take-out.