|Little Blue Heron|
We left Chokoloskee Island and headed east along Alligator Alley (Highway 41) through the north edge of the Everglades National Park. We stopped at a wayside and found quite a few herons and egrets fishing in the canals.
|Immature Black-crowned Night-heron swimming for abundant fish|
|Ever present alligators along Alligator Alley|
We stopped at Shark Valley and took the tram tour and it's one stop at this tower. You can see for miles in all directions across the River of Grass with it's Hammocks of trees scattered throughout.
|Alligator Gar Fish|
|Papa Anhinga with 2 chicks|
|Papa feeding chicks|
|Limpkin feeds on Apple Snail|
|Double-crested Cormorant finds lunch|
|How wide can that mouth open?|
|Large downy Anhinga chicks|
|Spatterdock walking Purple Gallinule|
|Cardinal Air Plant|
|Boardleaf White-top Sedge|
|Painted Bunting Pair|
|Black & White Warbler|
We are staying at Goldcoaster RV Park in Homestead, Florida and no matter how urban the area is, it's possible to find birds. These birds are from the Park edges and the city park across the street.
|Beautiful? Muscovy Duck|
|Ovenbird and Gray Catbird winter residents|
We are really close to the main entrance of the National Park, so we made another trip covering from Mahogany Hammock to Flamingo. This is where we started to see the damage from Hurricane Irma. Many miles of Mangrove look like they have died. The naturalists aren't sure why, possibly from the salt water covering the land for too long a time.
|Roseate Spoonbills nest at Paurotis Lake|
|Hurricane damaged the boardwalk and killed the mangroves|
|American Crocodile likes the brackish water at Flamingo Marina|
|Manatee scraping algae off dock|
One day we drove north to Kendall, looking for some of the specialty bird species in this area.
|Spot-breasted Oriole, surprise of the day!!|
|White-crowned Pigeon at Barnes Park|
Next area of exploration will be the Florida Keys.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann