Another notable animal at the pond were the vultures. As it turns out, they land on cars and Rv's, and use their beaks to rip anything rubber off of them. They think the vultures do this to practice their ripping techniques for tearing the innards out of dead animals. On this occasion, they landed on a motor home, and began attacking it. We were told that if we move our cars, out onto the main road, they were less likely to behave like this. We did, and when we were on our canoe trip, no damage was done.
Another encounter with nature occurred as I was unloading our stuff from the canoe. I brought a baggie of trail mix along, and when I turned away, a crow, or big black bird of some type, swooped down and stole it. He flew about 50 feet and landed, so I chased him. He took off for another 50 ft before landing again. The baggie must have been too heavy because he left it behind this time, and I got my trail mix back. That'll teach him to mess with me!
We learned a lot about alligators, crocodiles, pythons, and vultures. Did you know that a vulture's first line of defense when being threatened is to projectile vomit onto its preditor. I'm glad I didn't find that out through experience!
Later in the day we took a walk around the Eco pond, and saw a nesting osprey, a totally pink bird, which we thought it was a flamingo, and some Alabama football fans that were down after the game. As it turned out, there are very few flamingo sightings. It was a roseate spoonbill, which are a little more common, but the Alabama fans were the real deal!
|Bringing up the rear!|
|One of the open areas that we paddled.|
|Water markers - you just follow the numbers to travel the trail. This showed the short cut.|
|Looking down into the water|
|Driving back to campsite we saw this guy just sunning himself alongside the road!|
|You thought we were kidding about the vultures??!!|