Big Cypress NWR, Florida in April

Well I’m a little late, but here are some pictures from my trip to the Florida Everglades in April.  They are in no particular order, but I must say if you have never been, go… It really is worth it!

There were lots of American Swallow Tailed Kites all along our drive from Ft. Myers to the Everglades.

This guy was huge, a type of Florida Soft Shelled Turtle.  Must have been nearly 20″ from nose to tail, we found him along the loooong ‘wildlife’ drive.

Whats a trip to the Everglades without a Gator or two?

The swamp was simply beautiful to be in.

This guy above got us our exercise for the day as we had to high tail it back to the car…

Florida is famous for its herons.  This adult Black-crowned Nightheron was simply stunning in the afternoon sun.  Below is a young Little Blue Heron.

Where the wildlife drive ended and merged back onto the main road was an area of more traditional looking everglades (no longer the cypress swamps).  As we were waiting to turn onto the road, we noticed a raptor fly into a tree across the road from us, a quick look in the binoculars confirmed the bird as an adult male Snail Kite, an endangered species in the U.S.

Sadly we had to return to cold, leafless New York after this, but it was an awesome day of birding, one my entire family hasn’t forgotten.

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