Exploring Biscayne Bay by canoe or kayak

Constance Mier’s photos of cormorants on Biscayne Bay.

Sparkling blue Biscayne Bay can be a good place to paddle. My husband and I recently launched our canoe from the public dock just over the south wall of  the Deering Estate and paddled along the coast. We saw lots of nesting cormorants, but our photos were nothing like those taken by this blogger and nature photographer.

Egret in Biscayne Bay
Egret in Biscayne . (Photo: Constance Mier)

The blogger is Constance Mier, a Barry University professor with a passion for nature and photography.

Like Mier, we paddled into an active cormorant rookery on a Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the squawking, which she describes here:

“Here the heron with its brilliant orange feet stood and made a raucous noise every 15 sec or so, and jutted its neck out attempting to catch a dragonfly darting past it. The cormorant families were loud with their deep croaking sounds. The young ones have more high pitched voices. I noticed one anhinga nest with 2 young ones.”

Over many years, her blog has captured images in the rookery, including these:


The rookery is north of the Deering Estate on some spoil islands off Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club.

If you’re interested in paddling Biscayne Bay, consider a visit to Chicken Key. Here’s a good trip report from Paddling.net.


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    Unfortunately, it’s all mangroves and is not a particularly attractive place to swim. This is an outing for somebody who likes to paddle distances and is happy with an broad expanse of water and sky. If you like river paddling and changing scenery, you might find it a little boring.

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    Can you swim at Chicken Key?


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