Kayaking with the wildlife near Kissimmee... the Silver River is hard to beat!

Chris and Kate came over from the UK for a little paddling and wildlife viewing and we hit a home run today. The Silver River was just full of new stuff to see. There were lots of birds out feeding. We saw Anhingas, Cormorants, Great Egrets, Little Blue, Green and Great Blue Herons, Black Crowned and Yellow Crowned Night Herons, Kingfishers, Wood Ducks, Moorhens and even a late breaking Prothonotary Warbler. There were a few Alligators and several Turtles out sunning and we even got to see a Snapping Turtle. A lone Manatee which is so incredibly unusual on the Silver River, came swimming past us then turned around and came back to check us out. We also got to see a Rhesus Macaque Monkey hanging out in the trees. The bellowing of the male Gator is a sound we won’t soon forget; it’s the Lion’s roar of the swamps. Some days Mother Nature pitches us a home run and today the 16th of September 2014 was one of those days!  

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