Royal Palms in the Everglades National Park Florida USA
January 28, 2012 § 3 Comments
The Royal Palms on Taylor Slough in the Everglades was a park started by the local women’s club in the early nineteen hundreds. It became the nucleus of the National Park in 1947. The main trail is the Anhinga Trail with abundant wildlife in the winter dry season.
This young alligator seems to have wanted a good view of the visitors on the trail.
At a more remote end of the trail, there is a larger gathering of alligators lounging. There are alligators throughout the park.
One of the birds we saw on the trail was a long way off but we have a picture that gives an idea what this rare bird looks like. It is a young Purple Gallinule.
The anhingas dive for fish and get wet. When their wings are wet, they cannot fly very well so they stand around drying their feathers after they dive.
The egrets are plentiful as are many other bird species.
The phone/internet service has been spotty so we only post when it seems stable enough to get out. We have been to Flamingo campground then Long Pine Key campground both of which are in the Everglades National Park and are now at Midway campground in the Big Cypress National Preserve. On Monday, we will move to the Monument Lake campground in the Big Cypress Preserve which has a cell tower adjacent to it.