Musset Bayou

by Nick
(Santa Rosa Beach, FL)

Osprey nest

Osprey nest

Osprey nest
Broken dock
Musset Bayou was flat and smooth.

Paddling out of Cessna Landing this morning the weather was almost a flat calm. I decided to explore Musset Bayou. The paddle across Hogtown was very smooth, and with little or no wind, Musset was totally calm.

I paddled close to the Western shore going in and then followed the meandering creek as far as I could. There is much more water in the Bay than there has been just about all winter and so getting back to the end of the navigable water was easy.

I am always amazed that people spend a lot of money building their docks and then as you see in one of the pictures, just let them rot away.

When I came out of Musset after eating a peaceful breakfast on the water I paddled east along the southern shore of Hogtown. About 100 yards on, I noticed an Osprey, heading towards me from the direction of Cessna Landing, carrying a stick that seemed bigger than him or her. I turned to watch him and he proceeded to land on his nest - that I had missed as I paddled past - where he or she joined their mate in using the stick to increase the size of their nest. Unfortunately, I was a little slow on the draw with the phone so I didn't catch the bird in the air but hopefully you can see the head of the osprey and the end of the large stick he just brought home.

The whole trip was about 2 hours and my shoulders knew it. Couldn't put in or take out at the usual place because the county is rebuilding the boat ramp which is due to be finished by Memorial Day.

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