Silver River – December 12, 2015

Great paddle on the Silver River today for the Florida Trail Association.  We always love the Silver because of the abundant and varied bird life.  Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, American White Ibis, Anhinga and Double-crested Cormorants are pretty standard.

Today we also saw Wood Stork, Limpkin, Green Heron and an immature Black-crowned Night Heron.  Also several gators in the 4-foot to 6-foot range and loads of Florida Cooters and a few Red-bellied turtles out basking in the 80 degree sunshine.  And the water in the head spring was so clear today we could easily see the Greek god statues on the bottom!

Old tour boat landing on the Ft King Canoe Trail

Old tour boat landing on the Ft King Canoe Trail

Statues in the Silver Springs head spring.

Statues in the Silver Springs head spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Immature American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

Immature American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Heron (Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Green Heron (Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young gator in the weeds - about 3 feet

Little gator in vegetation – about 4 feet long

Sunning Cooters

Sunning Cooters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Immature Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Immature Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)