This month I ventured down to south FL to Everglades National Park and then to Big Cypress National Preserve. Though I had no idea what to expect I found them each very unique in different ways. The wide open spaces of the Everglades reminded me a bit of the West, but there the similarities ended.
I didn’t find the wildlife or birds I was hoping for in the Everglades but Big Cypress was rocking with birds and gators.
The Visitors Center at Shark Valley is the place to take a 2 hour tram ride into the wide open spaces of the Everglades, a park volunteer narrates the trip, providing lots of info about the Everglades and the birds & gators. Before or after the tram ride you can spend quite a bit of time just watching and admiring the birds and gators in & near the canal next to the parking lot.
This GBH was standing on the canal bank and lunged into the water after a fish (unsuccessfully). He got out of there in a hurry because there were gators just waiting to get him.
Big Cypress is the location of several cypress swamps, one with a long boardwalk into it, another has a gravel road through it where you can stop frequently to see birds and gators.
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