Finally was able to make a trip over to Dade County and Everglades National Park. The semi-tropical environment of South Florida can offer a great variety of wildlife not found elsewhere in the United States. Ironically, because of my close proximity to all these Florida specialities, I find myself calculating trips to other places like the Rio Grande Valley or the Maine Coast for their specialities.
|Double-crested Cormorant at The Anhinga Trail|
White-eyed Vireos were seen or heard at virually every stop made in the park and Lucky Hammock.
The Common Mynas were usually an easy find in Homestead but I had to do a bit of searching today.
Aside from the Anhinga Trail and Flamingo, the stops in the park were a bit disappointing.
|Two of a great many Black Vultures on the Anhinga Trail|
|Sunning gators very common on the Anhinga Trail|
|Female Anhinga on the Aninga trail. Note the green eye|
|Gators will sit below rookeries to await any babies falling from the nest|
|Purple Gallinule on the Anhinga Trail|
|A young Wood Stork on the Anhinga Trail|
FLAMINGO is the southern terminus of the highway through the park and can offer sightings of lesser nighthawks, short-eared owls and shiny cowbirds. The bay may have various gulls, terns, shorebirds and white pelicans. Today the Eco Pond was quite with only a pair of Great Egrets. Walked the perimeter looking for painted buntings or yellow warblers, but not today. Did sight a soaring Bald Eagle and several Ospreys. I can also add a Red-tailed Hawk, a Broad-winged Hawk, several American Kestrels, a young Red-shouldered Hawk and a Peregrine Falcon in the vacinity. Found a cooperative White-winged Dove and a couple of American Crocodiles were found in the canal by the marina.
|Young Red-shouldered Hawk at the campgrounds at Flamingo|
|Juvenile White Ibis at the campgrounds at Flamingo|
|American Kestrel at the campground at Flamingo|
|White-winged Dove near the marina at Flamingo|
|American Crocodile basking in the canal by the marina at Flamingo|
|Everglades Outpost, operated by Bob Freer, is located outside Everglades National Park in Homestead. Some of their rescues have been features on "Miami Animal Police" on the Animal Plant network, and on the History Channels' "Monster Quest"|
Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Pied-billed Grebe, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Limpkin, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Purple Gallinule, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Laughing Gull, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Northern Parula Prairie Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Myna,
Red-winged Blackbird, Boat-tailed Grackle