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Wekiva River Report
(Lower Wekiva River)

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Report By:  darkknight    Date: 2/12/2011 
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Put in at Katie's Landing and headed North

My Report:

We had a spectacular day in the waters of the Wekiva River this past Saturday. The original plan had us kayaking the Econlockhatchee River, less than a mile from my house, but my daughter had to be at school for a special activity and that forced us to adjust since had to pick her up around 3:30PM. I did not want to paddle the Econ with time constraints so to Katie’s Landing we went. It turned to be a good choice.

Two ladies and a guy towing kayaks arrived as I parked my minivan. I think the tag in the cart said King’s Landing but not sure. They asked me if I was Andrew. It was cold and a little windy for moments. But as soon as we put in we did not have time to think or feel the weather. Right there at the other side of the put in several wading birds were looking for breakfast. While my wife was busy shooting several pics to every moving thing in the river bank and/or the forest I heard an eagle cry. It came from the East bank, a few feet north of the put in but did not see the eagle at that time.

After an hour and several pics later I told my wife it was time to leave. She did not want to but then I heard the eagle again and this time found it. It was in the area I was looking before but the shadows and the Sun in my face did not help the first time. We only saw its silhouette. That by itself was enough to motivate my wife to leave the west bank of the river. To our disappointment the eagle just left before we had a chance to try decent pics. A young eagle was flying in circles high in the sky while the adult flew to the South. It was a nice show though.

The highlight of the paddle down the river was the number of big gators we saw. I mean, there were a couple of monsters (by my standards Grin )in the West bank where the sunlight was a direct hit. Several red shouldered hawks and maybe a red tailed too. Did not have a chance for a clear pic but it looked different. Also we saw several Red Bellied Woodpeckers. At the beginning I thought it was a Downy or a Hairy but when we checked the pics at home realized it was a different one. A few months ago Master Dave sent me a link to the Cornell University and we looked up.

There were not too many people on the river. The trio we saw at the put in (they headed South), two guys that went in our direction (they passed us near Wekiva Heaven), and a motor boat in our way down. On our way up we saw a pontoon, a small group going down river, and for a second trip in a row we crossed path with Master Dave, this time in the water. We said hello, talked about how was the trip so far and moved on since we were in a hurry. It is always good to talk to you Master Dave.

Summary: I ranked this trip a 4.5/5. The reason for not giving it a five is because I feel stupid. On my previous trip I thought we reached the mouth of Blackwater Creek and this time realized I did not. So kayaking Blackwater Creek is still in my bucket list. Seriously now; if you have not done this trip yet you have no clue what you are missing. It is almost perfect!!!! The cost is just three dollars per car, the put in and take out are easy, if you go North or South it does not matter because the current is not that strong and last, but not less important, the Wekiva River is quite a show window for wildlife and the scenery is special.

See you in a week!!!!!!!

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): ~5
Fees/Costs $: 3.00

Photos from Lower Wekiva River:    (Click image to view full size)

Sanhill Cranes No Comm
Sanhill Cranes
Great Egret No Comm
Great Egret
Red Shouldered Hawk No Comm
Red Shouldered Hawk
Bald Eagle No Comm
Bald Eagle
Snowy Egret No Comm
Snowy Egret
Cardinal No Comm
Eastern Phoebe No Comm
Eastern Phoebe
Red Bellied Woodpckr No Comm
Red Bellied Woodpckr
Great Blue Heron No Comm
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher No Comm
Belted Kingfisher
Tri Colored Heron No Comm
Tri Colored Heron
Racoon No Comm
Turtle No Comm
Woodstork No Comm
Turkey No Comm
Ducks No Comm
Unknown Bird No Comm
Unknown Bird

OK...Need help with this one. What is it?

Anhinga No Comm
BCNH No Comm

Black Crowned Night Heron

Gator No Comm
Little Blue Heron No Comm
Little Blue Heron

Inmatures are white so they can blend with other egrets for protecttion.

Little Blue Heron No Comm
Little Blue Heron
Moorhen No Comm
Glossy Ibis No Comm
Glossy Ibis
Gator No Comm
Gator No Comm
Big One No Comm
Big One
Red Shouldered Hawk No Comm
Red Shouldered Hawk
Little gator No Comm
Little gator

Is something wrong with its eye?

Perspective No Comm

Black Cronwed Night Heron from the distance


Post Date: 2/14/2011

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