Nature Walks, December 19, 2017 – Whacked Out on Birds


Green Heron

Nature Walks, December 19, 2017 – Whacked Out on Birds

The above title could be:  “whacked out on birds, alligators, and iguanas”, but I prefer short, catchy titles.


Young gator resting on lily pads

I was delighted to take my sister to one of my favorite local wetlands on Tuesday afternoon.  The place was a little more quiet, as the crowds tend to come during the day, but there was plenty of activity and sightings of the local fauna crowd.


Looking into the pond apple tree, we were expecting to see birds and saw this instead, a huge iguana!

We saw birds of various shapes and sizes, young gators, huge iguanas and even a very large brown water snake that was wrapped tightly around a tiny tree.  I’ll let the photos do the talking for me:


Nesting Great Blue Heron


Fishing Great Blue Heron


Colorful Gallinule


Wood Stork


King of the Island


Tri-colored Heron


Double-crested Cormorant


Male Anhinga


Young gator


Great Egret

I couldn’t get a photo of the brown water snake, but it was a big one.  A man said it was at least four feet long and it had a thick body.

Wakodahatchee has a mile-long boardwalk that can be taken at a leisurely stroll or a fast walk, depending on your reasons for being there.  Plenty of benches can be found if you need to take a break.  The weather while we were there, was probably in the low 80’s, but pleasantly warm with the lower rays of the sun.  We enjoyed our stroll.

Happy Holidays to everyone from sunny Florida, one of the few spots in the United States not receiving rain or snow… or burning up.


Eliza Ayres

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3 thoughts on “Nature Walks, December 19, 2017 – Whacked Out on Birds

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