Everglades National Park Day 3

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I was not sure what to expect from the Everglades, my research suggested the possibility of seeing a wide variety of birds and of course alligators, however going in the wet season I knew that the water levels would make the animals disperse making sightings harder as well as bringing out the dreaded mosquitoes.  I needn’t have worried about the lack of wildlife as our first hike along the Anhinga Trail provided brilliant sightings of alligators as well as great egrets, a green backed heron, anhingas and black vultures.

The rest of the stops and trails along the road through the park proved to be equally as exciting with sightings roseate spoonbills, turkey vultures, ibis and red winged blackbird to name a few! We were also lucky to stumble upon a large wood stork colony on an adjacent island, the scale, noise and sheer number of storks flying back and forth made it a real sight to behold.

Having never seen an alligator in the wild nor so many varieties of bird in one place the Everglades really opened my eyes to this precious natural habitat.  I was also fortunate that the mosquitoes did not seem to be particularly active however I did play it cautiously and used bug spray so maybe that helped? A piece of advice to anyone heading to the Everglades is to ensure you give yourself enough time to properly explore the park, we had only allotted one day to it which we felt wasn’t long enough.

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