Here you can view some videos that we have taken on our river trips and that are referred to on our website.
(Last updated May, 2017)
Ann’s first paddleboard ride on Melrose Bay. I don’t think the rest of us are converts, but Ann seems to be. May 30, 2017.
Above is a little video of a Red-shouldered Hawk we had a close encounter with on the Ocklawaha River near Gores Landing on March 8, 2017.
Above are two short videos of monkeys taken February 3, 2017 on the Silver River. A large troop used a fallen tree to cross about 3/4 of the river then swam the rest of the way. They swim pretty well, but their diving is not going to win any Olympic competitions!
Above is a short video of two Double-crested Coromorants starting in on their “necking” behavior during courtship. It was shot on the Silver River, January 25, 2017 Believe me, it will get a lot more vigorous and nosy as the courtship season heats up.
Above is Big Shoals on the Suwannee River at high water levels. The White Springs gauge was 59+ feet ASL. That day during the spring of 2016 Big Shoals was definitely Class III+.
Above is a big gator we encountered on the Silver River in 2016, 11-12 feet in length. He (if it’s this big it is most likely a male) joined us from a side channel with a definite mission in mind — obviously on territory patrol. All we could really do in the narrow channel was freeze and let him go his way. Way too close for our comfort level! It’s a good idea to give any gator about 30 feet of space and always leave them an open escape route to the water. But I guess gators, at least the big ones, don’t have the same rules for humans.
Below we have 3 videos of monkeys crossing the Silver River.
They do so in a practiced manner using overhead trees.
First several adults will cross, with several more adults remaining on the original side. The adults stand guard in the trees and on the ground. You can also notice the adults using the branches kind of like a spring board to vault themselves across.
Then the younger monkeys cross. Watch the two monkeys at the end. It looks as if one is crowding the one in front, trying to rush him, but the front monkey is not standing for any of that.
Next the mamas with babies cross. The babies sometimes need a lot of extra encouragement. We watched one baby return to mama for a hug 4 times before finally making the jump. After all the mamas and babies are across, the last few adults make the jump.