I really want to call it "Black Lagoon" instead of Black Creek; it sounds so much more exciting, bringing to mind images from the horror movie "The Creature from The Black Lagoon". So henceforth I shall call it Black Lagoon! It really is more of a lagoon than a creek anyway, since it is entirely sea water diluted somewhat intermittently by runoff from the surrounding swamp. We even tested the salinity after a series of heavy rainfalls where 2 small streams feed into the lagoon and found that it was in sea water range. We were hoping to have a source of fresh(ish) water for watering our vegetable garden during the dry season, but it is far too salty for that!
|The fuchsia route into Black Lagoon.
I launched the kayak from the same spot as before, but this time I headed south, towards Little Monkey Cay. I looped around the cay, which is a roost and/or breeding site for lots of sea and wading birds - brown pelicans, white ibises, cormorants, anhingas, green herons, white egrets, little blue herons, and great blue herons. I learned recently that another name for Little Monkey Cay is Crown Cay. Next time I am out there, I will try to get some good bird photos. I didn't get any this time because the light was against me.
|The narrow entry is just to the right of center.
|Great Blue Heron,
|The lagoon widens just after the mouth. The water is the color and clarity of black coffee due to the tannins leached out of the dead leaves in the swamp.
|I love this white mangrove tree with its network of fat branches and massive prop roots Each time I see it I want to climb it. So far I haven't . . . .
|Younger white mangroves with a tangle of prop roots hide lots of birds.
As I made my way to our back landing where I ended this trip, I heard a squirrel cuckoo, lots of brown jays, kiskadees, and unidentifed birds and saw a bare-throated tiger heron. I recently installed an app on my phone that identifies birds by sound (the Merlin App). Next time I will be sure to have it running while I am out in Black Lagoon.