Posted by: sunnyharvy | February 22, 2017

Birds, Gators, and Dolphins

Things are now very busy here in Southern Florida, which makes unplanned traveling more difficult. We were not able to get a campsite at Koreshan so we camped overnight at Walmart in Naples. The next morning we headed to nearby Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park for breakfast and time on the beach. Although it was very windy, we found a sheltered area to soak up some sun.

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Short hike out the boardwalk to lookout tower.

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Walk around point and into inlet.

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Admiring unknown artist’s creativity.

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Beautiful hawk (red shouldered?) at Collier-Seminole State Park where our day visit was cut short by a voracious mosquito population. We did manage to score some much needed showers and drinking water before making a hasty retreat.

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Limestone road to Burns Lake Campground where we stayed for the 3-day holiday weekend.

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We were happy to get a reservation at this quiet off-the-beaten-track location within the Big Cypress National Preserve. Just $12 a night with our Golden Access Pass!

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Sunset from our lakeside campsite.

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We knew nothing about this area before arriving. After an hour in the Visitor Center we were happy we had three days to explore.

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We took a boat tour out of Everglades City where I snapped this pic of an Osprey in her nest.

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As well as this one of two bottle nose dolphins.

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Al caught this good one of a dolphin jumping our boat wake.

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Colorful lawn art in Everglades City.

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Alligators are everywhere in Big Cypress.

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Lots of birds too. I believe this is a Little Blue Heron.

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A yearling gator along one of our boardwalk hikes.

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An Anhinga spears lunch.

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Another hawk fishing for dinner, first from the shore.

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Then from a tree branch above.

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We even got to view this magnificent Crocodile, a fairly rare sight, on the Marsh Trail. South Florida is the only place in the world you can find both alligators and crocodiles in the wild.

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While we hiked down the trail he turned around to show us his other side.

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Birds are plentiful!

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A curiosity alongside the highway.

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The story behind the “smallest post office in the United States.”

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This tree decided to hang onto the boardwalk railing for extra support.

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Air plants are plentiful and beautiful.

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One more gator for your viewing pleasure.

 

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Responses

  1. You have to love those Everglades, just amazing habitat. Love the dolphin pics, good shot of the leap ! Are you going to do an Airboat ride ?

    • No, not our style. Did get out in kayaks though.

  2. Wow – what great photos of nature you captured… hawks, dophins, gators (ugh), air plants, strangler fig… You are nature amongst nature.

  3. All those gators! and osprey and dolphins. Amazing


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