We also upset some huge fishes, about 2ft long or bigger and possibly carp, in the shallower inlets. They were sunbathing but keeping a very watchful eye, and more than once they caused me to jump as they suddenly made their escape with a huge splash.
We finished our paddle with a greeting from a green heron. We'd been looking for him throughout the afternoon but he'd kept hidden until the end, even then refusing to sit on a branch long enough for me to snatch a quick photo. But just seeing him had satisfied us, he was a very handsome bird, a shame he didn't want to sit still and show off his plumage. Maybe next time.
We finished our paddle as the sun was starting to dip, it had been a lovely lazy and relaxing afternoon, enjoying the beauty of nature with good company. And my good fortune had persevered, no sunburn whatsoever, no sore nose or red hot forehead. A simply marvelous weekend all round!