One day I visited the southern end of the Everglades. I started the day by going to the Anhinga Trail. If you ever go the Everglades and only have time for one thing, I would suggest this short trail. I enjoyed this trail so much that I went back and walked it again later the same day.
The first thing that got my attention was a sign in the parking lot.
And just around the corner, I saw this -
I didn’t see any damage, but could see how it could happen.
I have seen Anhingas before, but saw several nesting on this trail.
Great Blue Heron -
I saw several Green Herons -
I don’t know what this Green Heron was doing, but it was interesting to watch.
Wood Stork -
I also enjoyed the landscape -
And the trees with air plants on them-
In the morning, many of the alligators were swimming around. By the afternoon most were sunning. (with Black vultures beside them)
Some gators were nice enough to give the tourist a great view.
That same day I went to Flamingo, another part of the Everglades. There I saw for the first time American Crocodiles.
In walking around the marina in the Flamingo area I saw an Osprey just 20 feet or so above the dock.
Brown Pelican -
In my Tierra Verde, Fl blog, I posted a picture and asked if anyone knew what it was. Sherry was first and right – sorry, no prize. It was a Manatee nose. The picture in that blog and the first one below was taken while I was out on the dock and the Manatee was just a few feet below me.
From South Bay, I headed to Hillsborough River State Park.