From there we drove to the Titusville Marina, where we hoped to see wild manatees as they'd been there a few days earlier. And they were there, but too far off for good photos, also got to see how the water flattened over one as it swam along the edge of the Indian River, a huge estuary area. Another treat was seeing Wood Storks there, and a single wild dolphin (likely bottlenose) fishing in the marina area for a little while before going back out to the estuary.
After that we crossed the bridge to the Canaveral National Seashore, and did some drives and walks in that area. Not as much as hoped for with birding, because the wild marshes we drove through were almost completely dried up by the drought, so a lot of the birds and gators had gone elsewhere. However, once we got closer to the ocean, we did see lots of gators in the warm afternoon hours. Stopped at the Eddy Creek area in hopes of spotting manatee, and I got to see some far-off fast-flying Roseate Spoonbills. Walked across to the ocean side and savored a beautiful stretch of Playalinda Beach, nicely secluded, strewn with shells, and the waves a Caribbean blue to remind me of Puerto Rico. Our final stop was at the Titusville Marina again, but the browsing manatees had not moved any closer during that time.
Just a wonderful day! Trip photos are up now, and you can see them here.