So I loaded up the Prijon for an extremely abbreviated paddle on the Wacissa. Rain is predicted for much of the rest of the week (in fact, thunder rumbles while I type this) so I decided to get out while I still could.
The ibis were obliging today, this one perched on one leg on a tree branch,
and this one along the shoreline.
I didn’t go much past the blue spring inlet on my way downstream. This great blue heron was hunkered down in the water on the other side of some grasses and I was able to sneak up on him before he saw me.
On my way back upstream I managed to (slightly) harass an egret. It was ahead of me and away from the shoreline. As I would get close it would lift off
but only fly a little way and settle again. Then I would progress toward it and it would lift off again.
I finally decided to give it a little more space and paddled closer to the shoreline till I was past it.
This little snowy egret was perched on a stump in the water and watched me go by. Notice all the apple snail eggs on the stump—good news for the limpkins!
I think this is actually the same yellow crowned night heron as pictured in last Wacissa post—it was in precisely the same spot, right near the boat ramp. I guess it has staked out that territory. It did not mind my proximity at all.
An unusually short paddling day but it was nice to get back to this river. Not sure when the next trip out will be, unless they are mistaken about the rain (gee, has that ever happened?). Stand by.