Florida Day Three: Bugs, Birds And More . A Beautiful Morning Hike In The Everglades.

Florida Day Three: Bugs, Birds And More . A Beautiful Morning Hike In The Everglades.

Everglades Anhinga morning walk (4 of 42)
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I was up early again on Friday, but not early enough.I thought I had enough time to get to watch the sunrise , but somehow, I was late arriving at the Everglades National park. I wanted to walk into the cypress trees to photograph the rising sun.

However, it was already peeking above the horizon before I reached my destination. sun rising over cypress trees

I took a few photographs from the highway and drove back to the Anhinga Trail.   I saw a few of these signs on the way, but, unfortunately, I have never seen a puma in the Everglades. puma crossing sign in Everglades

There was just one couple at the Anhinga Trail when I arrived and they were leaving. I had the trail to myself.long shadow on Anhinga trail

The Everglades are so beautiful in the morning. There is so much life. These blog posts just touch the surface  of the many wonderful things you observe walking along the trails. water lilies on pond in sunlight

There is the constant jumping of fish. large and small, the fluttering of butterflies, the darting of dragonflies, and lizards darting on the ground. So much life. butterfly on fern

And there are always  the birds and alligators. The anhinga were already active. Some diving for fish, anhinga in flight

and others warming themselves in the early morning sun. anhinga in tree with wings extrnded

Although it was a cool morning the alligators were also out and about and enjoying the intense Florida sunshine.alligatgor close up

I observed the many  water birds  flying over the ponds and wetlands of the Everglades including what I believe are snowy egrets , egret, a snowy one I think in flight

and a lot of what I think are green herons. 

I enjoy watching the green herons back home at  the PPL Wetlands and was glad to see so many down here. 

There were also some more familiar birds such as these red bellied woodpecker. 

A  few cardinals and 


There were also some species native to Florida such as the boat-tailed grackle.

This fellow didn’t mind me taking a close up.

I saw a trail branching off from the Gumbo limbo trail on my walk the day before. I decided to follow it.

It was a nice trail under taller trees.  There was, once again, an abundance of dragonflies darting through the air.  And also a lot of insects. This time I was prepared and had used repellent which did help.

I also had my first close encounter with a snake that crawled over my sneaker. It appeared to be a some type of garter or other harmless snake, I hoped anyway. There were also a lot of these  snails attached to the stems of plants and trees. 

I met a ranger who was on patrol in his jeep and he told me I could walk the trail out to a lake were I might find some water birds. It was about a 1 1/2 mile walk to the lake. 

I didn’t see any birds on the lake but that could be due to the park workers cutting some of the trail near the lake. 

I heard some birds on my walk but didn’t see many more. I did see this crow.

There were also  a few wildflowers growing on the trail. yellow flower on trail

It was getting hot, and,  you guessed it, I was getting hungry so I decided it was time to end my walk and head back. When I got back to the parking area I decided to take another walk on the Anhinga trail. I was glad I did. I saw a flock of one of my favorite birds the waxwing.waxwings in tree

And I watched a pair of these birdswhite eyed vireos? eating fruit

feeding on the fruit of a tree on the trail. My guess is they are white-eyed vireos. I will be looking to my birder friends for a positive identification. Here is a link to some  more of the many birds I saw on my hike. Everglades Anhinga Trail hike April 13 2018.

There were a lot more folks on the trail now, many of them tourists from other countries. We all shared a love of nature. These areas need to be protected so future generations can enjoy them too.

I sadly left the Anhinga trail and the Everglades. I returned to my hotel. had a quick breakfast, and was on my way to Key Largo as my adventure in South Florida continued. Here is a link to some more photographs from my morning walk. Everglades Anhinga Morning walk April 13 2018

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.     Vincent Van Gogh