Underwater Views

By Linda

Anhinga and alligator on the Silver River in Florida.
Anhinga and alligator on the Silver River in Florida.

On our last day in Silver Springs State Park, we kayaked by the springs and the Fort King Paddle Trail.  We did the loop a couple times.  Being Saturday and a holiday week-end, it was much more congested.  Nevertheless, we still saw a lot of wildlife including a Barred Owl.  If it had not hooted, I would not have seen it.  Much of the wildlife is very close.  If you are not careful, you can bump into a turtle or alligator.  They must be used to the relative safety of the area because most of them are not skittish.

boat sunk on silver river
Fort King Paddle Trail in Silver Springs State Park in Florida.

This little loop on the paddle trail and the springs is easily one of my favorite kayak trips.  The wildlife is amazing.  If you find a place to safely anchor yourself, you can sit and watch the wildlife for hours.  I particularly enjoy watching the Anhingas fish.

anhinga drying wings
Anhinga drying its wings on the Silver River in Florida.
Anhinga on the Silver River in Florida.
Anhinga on the Silver River in Florida.

Regis was fortunate to get quite a few underwater videos.  Click on the words to see a video of each animal:  Anhinga (close), Anhinga (dive), turtle, and otter.

The otter was particularly difficult to capture as a photo or underwater.  It was very fast as it popped in and out of the water.  It was a joy to see.

We will definitely be back!

River Otter at Silver Springs State Park in Florida.
River Otter at Silver Springs State Park in Florida.
Common Moorhen on the Silver River in Florida.
Common Moorhen on the Silver River in Florida.
Great Blue Heron sunning on the Silver River in Florida.
Great Blue Heron sunning on the Silver River in Florida.
Immature White Ibis on the Silver River in Florida.
Immature White Ibis on the Silver River in Florida.
alligator sunning on log with vegetation on back
Alligator enjoying the sunshine on the Fort King Paddle Trail in Silver Springs State Park in Florida.

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