Nature Walks – Wakodahatchee, 01.12.18
Wakodahatchee is the another one of the nearby wetlands that I periodically visit. The crowds were here today for the show and such a show. There were five alligators to see and probably a bunch more that we couldn’t see. I saw the biggest alligator that I have ever seen in Florida, sprawled out on a muddy bank with his lady love. I overheard that it’s mating season for the alligators so they’re more active than usual.
Look at the size difference between the mature male and the female gator! Oh, my.
There was also a sprinkling of large iguanas to be found mostly lurking in the trees or lying on the grass.
The Great Blue Herons, Anhingas and Double-crested Cormorants are actively nesting, while the great Wood Storks are still gathering in great numbers hunting for food and scouting out nesting sites. There were also a lot of Egrets of all varieties, including the Great Egret, Snowy Egret, and Cattle Egrets.
Here’s a couple more of the alligators…
Here are some of the denizens of the marsh:
Well, there you have it, some photos of my visit to Wakodahatchee. This is a very popular place for tourists and is open most of the year, from sunrise to sunset. The boardwalks are sturdy and as you can see, there is plenty of activity right now as the mating and nesting seasons approach.
Enjoy your weekend!
“Sunny” VaCoupe (aka Eliza Ayres)
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