Tuesday, July 02, 2013

07/02/2013 - Mobile River Loop

Launch: Shirley's (US Hwy 90 Causeway across from Battleship USS Alabama).
Launch Cost: Free.
Destination: Mobile River Loop.
Distance: 21 miles. Included a quick trip into Three Mile Creek.
Paddle time: 6-1/2 hours
Weather: Temp from 72 to 90 degrees, Light winds from the north in the morning and from the south in the afternoon. Sunny. River current minimal in Mobile River but by afternoon there was about a 1.5 mph current in the Tensaw River by the Battleship. Water temperature was about 85 degrees.

A flock of White Ibis headed up into the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta just after launch.

A beautiful sunrise over Spanish River.

The bugs were very dense this morning as piles of them accumulated on the water.

Brushing up against shoreline vegetation would send a swarm of mosquito sized bugs flying.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron.

There was a yellow like pollen on the shoreline of Mobile River.

A closer view of the pollen like substance.

On top of just about every shoreline reed plant was a dragonfly all facing in the same direction.

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