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Birds in the Everglades National Park

We were very excited to take some time to visit the Everglades National Park. We left the rainy Pacific Northwest to soak up some much needed Vitamin D and whatever else we gain from real sunshine.

We saw so many things at the park, that we just can’t find in the Northwest that it was a real thrill. We went on a (long and slow) canoe trip in search of manatee and other mangrove swamp wildlife. We saw—drum roll—a Great Blue Heron and a Belted Kingfisher. I don’t know if you can hear a little disappointment in my voice—both of those birds live in the Northwest. And, besides that, we had already seen a Belted Kingfisher between every pair of telephone poles along the highway. Oh, well, it was nice to get some sun. (And actually, we rarely see the Kingfishers around here, so I rather like them.)

Okay, for real, we did see a lot, but most of it was just along the side of the road.

Here are a few pictures that we managed. As always, there are a few pictures we wish we would have gotten of exciting things we saw, such as the Rosette Spoonbill. But we got some pictures that we are pretty excited about too.

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron with his fish

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron watching intently for his next fish

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret checking his hairdo in the mirror.

Great Egret

Great Egret standing pretty

American White Ibis

White Ibis protecting her nest

Cormorant

Cormorant with swimmer’s hair.

All of these pictures were taken at Shark Valley in the Everglades National Park. And most of them were actually taken while we were waiting on the very slow process of getting through the ticket booth. It was an amazing stop that day. If you’re a birder, and in that area, I highly recommend the stop.

Last, but not least, I want to show our very special bird that we got to see on this trip. We were all hoping that we could see this bird on this trip. It is quite rare and, oh so pretty. Check out the feet on this guy. We saw it at the same location.

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Here is our bird list from the Everglades

Purple Gullinule Northern Mockingbird
Pied-billed Grebe Glossy Ibis
Green Heron Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron Rosette spoonbill
American Crow Black vulture
Little Blue Heron Turkey vulture
Anhinga Little Blue Heron
Snowy Egret Great Egret
Great Egret White Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron Blue-winged Teal
Belted Kingfisher Green-winged Teal
Tri-color Heron Common Grebe
White Ibis American Coot
Common Gallinule Fish Crow
Cardinal Osprey

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