I went back to look at my blog to see how long it had been since I visited Wako. The last time I posted about being there was 2015! Funnier, almost every visit there has been on a February 15th or 16th! So it is only fitting that I decided to go there today. Crazier, most of the country is in some sort of deep freeze and South Florida was in the upper 80's! It is just brutal to be out there in a mask carrying around a backpack full of gear. Nonetheless, I still had fun. Since it was also President's Day today, it was crowded. It's a little over an hour drive for me and I purposely arrived as early as possible to avoid all of the people. I spent about 3 hours walking around and by 11 am, I couldn't take the heat any longer.
I saw such a variety of wildlife and birds today. I found a bunny rabbit and even a water moccasin resting on some brush. I hate snakes, but everyone was gathered around...so I stopped to see what was there. All of the birds were nesting and coupled up. There were hundreds of Wood Storks. I saw one alligator, a variety of ducks and I even saw a Roseate Spoonbill from very far away (no photo of it). There was also a Green Heron couple watching over their egg in a nest! One of the strangest things I saw today were the large iguanas just hanging out in the trees with the birds. I would think that the birds wouldn't like it and it's something I've never seen before.
I had fun (and frustration) with so many opportunities to capture birds in flight. Considering my lenses are relatively short for birding and are pretty budget friendly (meaning the lenses are fairly slow for action), I still came away with some pretty decent shots.
My favorites are below, but there are dozens more in the gallery. Not everything is technically great, but after deleting hundreds of photos, I ended up with plenty to share. I hope you have fun going through them all. Let me know if you have any favorites!
Thanks for stopping by the blog. WAKODAHATCHEE WETLANDS GALLERY