Silver River – January 1, 2015

Starting the year off right with a New Year’s paddle with friends – old and new.  We got there as the state park opened and on a cold winter’s day we pretty much had the park and river to ourselves.

We paddled from the Silver Springs State Park launch to Ray Wayside Park.  We saw a little bit of everything that the Silver has to offer.  And that little bit is pretty much a slice of everything that north Florida has to offer in the way of wildlife.  These pictures so why the Silver River is my go-to place for wildlife photography and the perfect place for me to introduce out-of-state friends to natural north Florida.

A winter day on the Silver

A winter day on the Silver

Floating past the old Ft King display

Floating past the old Ft King display

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big gator - about 7 feet - with waterline

Big gator – about 7 feet – with waterline

A chilly lunch at the state park dock about the mid-point

A chilly lunch at the state park dock around the mid-point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibis roosting tree

Ibis roosting tree

American White Ibis

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Wood Stork

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anhinga

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Little monkey jumping through the trees

Little monkey (Macaca mulatta) jumping through the trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful cooters on a log

Beautifully patterned Red-bellied Cooter

Cooter on a log

Cooter on a log

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little gator - about 3 feet

A little gator – about 3 feet

Big gator - about 7 feet - with waterline

Big gator – about 7 feet