In The Wild: Big Cypress National Preserve

20150302-amazon botanical garden 125We took another trip into the Everglades a few weeks ago and it didn’t disappoint. This time of year the water levels are low so the birds congregate where there is water to fish. We didn’t see as many as I had hoped – maybe because we were there during midday.

We spent some time watching a Great Egret fishing. He was actively moving from spot to spot, seeming to be oblivious to us where we stood close by.

20150302-amazon botanical garden 046This favorite place is the Loop Road that runs off US-41, the Tamiami Trail, between Naples and Miami. It was originally built up to be the highway until plans were changed. About the only work done on this road is trimming the brush that grows close to the road and some grading. It continues to be a wild and protected part of the Big Cypress National Preserve.

20150302-amazon botanical garden 107The fun part of traversing the Loop Road is that there is always something new to see. As the seasons change, the plant life changes and there are always new critters to see. On this trip we spent some time watching a squirrel that looked and moved very differently than what we are familiar with.

20150302-amazon botanical garden 099And my favorite siting was a Barred Owl, who was perched in the brush a few feet from the road. He seemed as interested in us as we were in him.20150302-amazon botanical garden 111

 

 

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  1. These rae stunning. I particularly love the pictures of the birds. I am hopeless and photographing birds, and these are wonderful.
    For some reason WordPress had unfollowed me from your blog. I hope I have corrected that now. It’s good to be back!

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  2. Fantastic captures, Pat. I love how you caught the egret in flight, so graceful. And that owl is my favorite too. I hear the barred owls in our woods at night, but have yet to actually see one.

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