We put the Sea Eagle in at the lower X, paddled across the Intercoastal Waterway and up a tidal creek to the upper X, about 2 miles before turning around.
As soon as we enter the creek, we saw this sign that indicated the surrounding area was a wildlife refuge.
Our first encounter was this Red-Headed Woodpecker who hung around until we got closer than it liked.
From this point on, it should have been called “Osprey Town.” We saw 4 occupied Osprey nests and one that was just being built. If you love watching Osprey, which we do, it was an amazing paddle.
As we approached this nest, the Osprey took off. This happened over and over as if they were trying to divert our attention away from the nest.
Here he is a little closer.
We knew there must be a nest close by and sure enough….
high on an overhanging tree was Osprey Nest Three
with the mate on the nest.
Continuing on, we came upon Osprey Nest Four. We decided to take a little break and sit and observe for awhile….
Well, Mr. or Mrs. Osprey did not think that was a good idea. Repeatedly, it left the nest, circled above our heads, squawked at us before returning to the nest. Obviously it wasn’t ready for company.
We continued on and paddled about 2 miles up the tidal creek before turning around and heading back. Of course, we got to see all our Osprey friends on the return trip as well. In addition, we saw this Osprey gathering building material for its new nest.
You can see the loose twigs he has gathered, but boy will it take a lot more material to build this nest. We are always amazed at the size of an Osprey nest. I did a little research and found out that these nest are used year after year. Boy, that is a relief to know they don’t have to rebuild each year!!
We past this tree which reminded us of the singing trees in the Tiki Bird Adventure in Disney World. We expected it to break into song or something!
We didn’t see another boat on the tidal creek, but as we approached the Intercoastal Waterway on our return trip, we had to wait for some bigger boat traffic to pass. This was a Friday so not too many boats, but on a weekend, it can get a little crazy.We made it across and carried the Sea Eagle to the car. I love this photo… looks like we just hitch the Sea Eagle to the back of the Tahoe and pull it home like the motorboats do ;o))This was a fantastic kayak trip and we will be back to check out some other tidal creeks in this area. Like I said before, we are so lucky to have so many beautiful places to visit in our own backyard!!