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Report By:  darkknight    Date: 12/27/2010 
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A trip from Wekiwa Springs State Park to Indian Mound Camp and back to the State Park.

My Report:

This is a “vacation” week for me. Since cannot go anywhere on a long trip decided to do what I like to do. Today we kayaked one of the Central Florida gems; Rock Springs Run (The Run). We put in at Wekiwa Springs State Park at 11:30AM. As hard as I tried to be early, well, did not work out. It was cold and a bit windy. The plan was to paddle to one of the camping sites in The Run and return to Wekiwa Springs. I was hoping to finally have a pic of a deer taken from the yak. We were on a mission. Smile

The lagoon just outside Wekiwa Springs is rich in wildlife. It does not matter the season there is always plenty of wildlife. Today was not different and as soon as we started our trip a big white headed bird flew just in front of us from the South East side of the lagoon. I did not believe it, a bald eagle. I pointed it to my wife that just froze with the camera on her hands. She was just able to say “Ahhh” and that was it. No pics. It caught us off guard since we did not expect to see a bald eagle there. Lesson learned. Unfortunately the eagle flew out of our sight and we did not see it again. Sad

Regardless the Snowy and Great Egret, Tri Colored and Great Blue Heron, Ibis, Pie Billed Grebe, turtles and gator we saw in the lagoon in less than 15 minutes we kept thinking about the one that got away. Our frustration eased a bit when we had a chance to take pics of a Red Shouldered Hawk in our way to the confluence of Wekiva River and The Run. A raccoon also showed up and as common as these can be it was the first time we can take a pic of a raccoon from the yak. Crazy

Our trip up The Run was not what I expected in terms of wildlife. There were not too many chances for pics. Other than lots of song birds there was nothing else. No deer was visible and the cold weather had a bad effect on my photographer who became grumpy. At one point I asked her for 30 more minutes before we turned around. Ten minutes after that we arrived to Otter Camp, which was empty and shortly after that Indian Mound, also empty. At this point there were signs of wildlife in The Run. A Great Egret and a Little Blue Heron posed for pics. An otter also showed up but it went down and under before we had a pic chance. No deer though. We started our return trip after we saw the otter.

Thinking that maybe the bald eagle was back at the lagoon I did paddle like crazy going down The Run. Do not know how long did it take but it was not too long. At the confluence there was an armada of canoes from the State Park, all of them tourists. We let them go ahead and turned north towards Wekiva Island. We just wanted to make some time and let them go way ahead. It worked since we had the river for us on our way back.

We made it back at around 3:45PM. In terms of people in the water we found a canoe from Wekiva Island going up and two more from King’s Landing. On our way back to Wekiwa Springs it was different. There was another canoe from Wekiva Island and like four more from the State Park. Looking at the pics I told to myself that it was not bad if we talk about wildlife. The missed chance to take a pic of the eagle ruined our mood, as well as the fact that we did not see deer. But it was fun and Rock Springs Run is so beautiful. I would not rank this one as our best paddle but, honestly, was not that bad. We just kept thinking about the one that got away. Sad

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 9
Fees/Costs $: 6.00

Photos from Rock Springs Run:    (Click image to view full size)

Snowy Egret No Comm
Snowy Egret

Pic was taken near the put in at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Anhinga No Comm

At the Wekiwa Springs lagoon

Wild Trio No Comm
Wild Trio

Great Blue Heron and two turtles share the area at the Wekiwa Springs lagoon

Pied Billed Grebe No Comm
Pied Billed Grebe
Brave gator No Comm
Brave gator

A brave gator defies the cold weather at the end of the lagoon and the beginning of the Wekiva River.

Little Blue Heron No Comm
Little Blue Heron

Taken at the Wekiva River, before the confluence with the Rock Springs Run

Red Shouldered Hawk No Comm
Red Shouldered Hawk
Little Blue Heron No Comm
Little Blue Heron

This one is a young one. They are white first and turn blue as maturity is reached.

Racoon No Comm

A rare sight, at least for me,of a common form of wildlife.

Great Egret No Comm
Great Egret

The always elegant Great Egret is a good pic all the time.

Turtle line No Comm
Turtle line

Three turtles share a log in the Wekiva River

Belted Kingfisher No Comm
Belted Kingfisher

The little fellow gave us a rare pic chance at Rock Springs Run

Great Egret No Comm
Great Egret

Another Great Egret makes another nice pic

Female anhinga No Comm
Female anhinga
Great Blue Heron No Comm
Great Blue Heron
Ibis' flock No Comm
Ibis' flock
Ibis No Comm
Camouflage No Comm

A gator hides in the algae at the lagoon

Fishing No Comm

The Great Egret waits for its prey

Tri Colored Heron No Comm
Tri Colored Heron

Post Date: 12/27/2010

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