north florida - wild florida - suwannee river north

By: marsHen , 11:00 AM GMT on September 17, 2013

05:40,72F, foggy. stars bright overhead. orion beautiful. roosters waking up. dark walk down lane with pup. head lamp a cone of light in the fog. guardian comes into the yard. a cuban sandwich with swiss and turkey for breakfast. coffee...
09:05, low tide rising, suwannee river and north creeks. east wind, 8 knts. 76F. sampling the fish populations north of the river from bumble-bee creek to cat island - 5 sets with the big seine and 2 with the bait seine. catches in both seines were similiar to yesterday's sets in the middle grounds of our sampling area with the exception of a few fish. big seine netted a snook, a 5 ft. florida gar, and a 3 ft. redfish that had been attacked by (just guessing here from the tooth marks and the chunk out of its side) a shark. it was a beautiful fish, bronze from the tannin in the river water and it was probably a male. almost every summer we catch one or two redfish like this - wounded and hanging around the river delta. these big reds should be offshore in a breeding aggravation but his wounds brought him inshore where the brackish water might heal him and food is easier to find. water temperatures were 26-28C, 80--82.5F depending on location. water very dark. tide very high. currents moderate. 2 mature bald eagles flying across a marsh. the usual cormorants and brown pelicans. sunny to mostly cloudy with numerous wind-blown cirrus clouds. towering cumulus far off on west horizon. wind clocked to the south in the afternoon. air temperature, mid 80's. beautiful day. water refreshing.
17:10, 85F at back door. partly cloudy, partly sunny. unload feed and groceries.
19:00, 83F, orange sky to west. got 1 egg. deer in back of donkey woodlot. pup sees them.
21)10, 80F, clearing. waxing almost full moon in the east. moon light dims the stars.

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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.