Out in the 'wild'
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http://www.fws.gov/southeast/pubs/facts/mrtcon.pdf well it wasn't just me, Trish came with us too. As we neared Titusville we could see quite a large plume of smoke across towards Canaveral.
Highlights included spotting a Glossy Ibis, the first one of these we've seen and as we were on the exit road we noticed a sign pointing to an eagles nest 650' away. Fat lot of good we thought as we got out with the binoculars to scan the tree filled horizon ... however we were too quick to judge because there on the road side was a piece of galvanised pipe mounted on a second piece that was sunk into the ground. It worked like a kind of telescope, directing our gaze to exactly the right spot, 650' away. And hey...there was someone at home too! Very exciting.
We rounded the day off by going to the Manatee observation deck where we saw them in the wild, again much more exciting than in captivity. A good day was had by all.
On Sunday we were able to spend the day with Leo (first time we'd seen him since New Year 2007) he's down here in Melbourne with the Canadian paddlers on their last training camp in Florida before the Olympics.
As Sunday was his day off he joined us out on the water - just for a change - when we explored the Indian River lagoon aboard a friend's pontoon boat.
It was a glorious day, spent catching up and admiring the views. Then just to cap it all we happened upon a 'shoal ? pod?'of five manatees frolicking in the shallows, well there were various descriptions of what they might be doing, but I prefer frolicking!