Backyard Wilderness Visits Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Florida

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Went to visit my mom in Florida a few weeks ago. Of course I brought my camera equipment because I love to visit the Wakodahatchee Wetlands when I am in Florida.

The fifty acre Water Reclamation Utility land has been transformed into a wetlands ecosystem http://www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee/what_is_wakodahatchee.htm.  The name Wakodahatchee is derived from the Seminole Indian Language and means, “created waters”.

It is an amazing place, especially for a wildlife photographer. There are over a hundred species of birds that are listed on the Wakodahatchee web site http://www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee/

The three-quarter mile boardwalk that runs through the wetlands enables one to view the abundant amount of wildlife.

Below are some images I made during my visit in October. The first photo was taken just after sunrise of some birds resting in a tree, which is a very common sight at the wetlands.

My favorite birds to photograph are Herons. Below is a Great Blue standing at the top of a tree.

The next photos are of a Tri-color Heron.

Watch out Heron there is an Alligator lurking nearby.

In Florida a common bird and sight is an Anhinga with its wings spread out to dry.

As I walked further along the boardwalk I came across a bunch of Cattle Egrets resting in a tree.

Also I photographed a Double-crested Cormorant at the top of a tree.

Next, notice the Double-crested Cormorants in the trees. Look carefully at the photo. The female Cormorant is on the nest and there is a juvenile Cormorant in the nest.

Wow, look at the close up, there are two juvenile Cormorants in the nest; what a treat.

One of the juvenile Cormorants puts its mouth into the female’s mouth, which they do in order to get a drink of water.

In the photo below the young Cormorant sticks its beak way up in the female’s throat.

This concludes my excursion at Wakodahatchee. It is truly a wonderful place to visit.

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