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.