In The Wild: Big Cypress National Preserve
We 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.
This 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.
The 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.
And 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.