Florida Day Two: An Evening Walk At Anhinga Trail And Finally, An Anhinga Sighting
After my morning hike on the Anhinga Trail In the Everglades National Park, I edited some photographs, attended a zoom meeting and decided to return to the Anhinga Trail in the evening to again enjoy the scenery and hopefully to see some wildlife.
Few people were on the trail so I pretty much was able to enjoy it all by myself. Well not all to myself. The cormorants were still around, seemingly undisturbed by my presence as they sat perched on the roof of a cabana in the middle of the trail.
and finally saw a a bird after which the trail was named, an anhinga sunning itself, like the cormorant, to dry its wings. This was the best photo I could get. In past years there were always dozens of these birds perched in trees along the trail. And, they are elsewhere this year, probably for the same reason the alligators aren’t here. The high water level allows the fish to spread out throughout the Everglades and the anhinga must seek them out.
I did see a few other critters on my walk including this not-native brown anole lizard sunning itself on a branch. These lizards are from Cuba and the Bahamas and have harmed the native green anole lizards. Anole lizards all have a dewlap , the red protrusion from the lizards neck.
I hiked another two miles, bringing my total for the day to near 8 miles. I was tired, hungry and it was getting dark. Reluctantly I decided to leave. I was disappointed I didn’t see more alligators, my social media followers like to see them. However, I still saw some beautiful birds, flowers and insects and one alligator and one anhinga. I left hoping to do better in the days that follow. But just being in this wonderful place is a blessing in itself. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike on the Anhinga trail. Florida Day Two; Everglades Royal Palm afternoon hike. February 18 2021.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Thomas Jefferson