Early morning is generally the best time for wildlife but I saw quite a bit even with a later start.
No eagles today, but I saw Great Blue Heron, green heron, kingfishers, geese, and assorted ducks. Pretty early on I saw a doe and a fawn down by the water's edge having a drink. I spotted a bright red Cardinal flower and paddled over to the bank for a closer look and picture. A Great Blue Heron let me float past him and then took off giving me a great view.
I spotted an otter, he watched me as much as I watched him as we made our way down river for a while. Finally I realized it was actually a pair when I saw them leave the water and disappear into the brush on the bank.
The only people I saw were about a dozen folks on horseback. I gave them a wide berth to avoid spooking any horses but they seemed happy just to be in the water cooling off.
I saw river turtles as I would expect, but also saw a land turtle swimming in the river. I wondered if I should have stopped and helped him out, but he was swimming along like he knew what he was doing.
Towards the end of the trip I heard geese, presumably alerting others to my presence. They kept talking but I never saw any fly overhead. I got close enough to see a group of them standing in shallow water. I kept expecting them to take flight and I had my camera ready, but they never did. They just stood there as I floated on by.
It was seven miles, about three hours, and four beers. When I got home I had a nap and then went down to the brewery with Maya. It was a good day.