My father and I had planned a trip out into Kendall's Prairie for yesterday...unfortunately, our schedule (about 7-10 AM) had corresponded with low tide (about 8:30 AM)...which, on a salt marsh creek, usually means NO KAYAKING. It is not wise to go into a marsh when the tide is going out, because you may go into an area that WAS covered by water, but is later only very soft mud. As a result, you would get stuck in the mud without having anywhere to go until the tide comes up (the stuff is so soft that if you try to walk, you will just sink right into it.) So we didn't go back into the salt marsh as planned, but we did still take a good 8-mile trip on the Intracoastal Waterway. Here's some pictures of our trip:
This is a Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja), characterized by its pink-colored hind quarters and spoon-shaped bill. I wish I could have gotten closer for a better picture, but he was way up in the mud along with numerous egrets and herons. They are common in south Florida, but the populations in north Florida are spotty at the best. These poor guys have gone through some rough times in the past; they were prized in the 1800s for their wings, which were harvested and used for fans, and their plumage was also a favorite in the feather hat craze of the early 1900s. A threatened species, they seem to be recovering, and have populations on the eastern coast of Florida and the Gulf Coast of Texas.
This is two trips in a row we have been greeted by dolphins! These guys showed up on our way downstream, a couple miles from the boat ramp, and surfaced again on our way back a couple hours later. Gotta love dolphins, they just love to play around humans.
Well, you don't see that everyday. These are two Army Corps of Engineers barges that are filled wish trash (some of which is labeled "waste oil"...nice to know it's just sitting there in our waterway) just south of the bridge. They are a part of the dredging effort that is ongoing in the Intracoastal. Normally, there are floating in the water, but at low tide, they just sit on the mud like this. Interesting site to see.