Saturday, December 10, 2016

Biscayne Bay NP and Big Cypress National Preserve, FL

In Biscayne Bay National Park we saw our first, but hopefully not last, manatee just before we left on a boat tour across the bay to the Boca Chita Key where we checked out the light house:

our first manatee sighting!!

just a young manatee we were told;)  still, it looked to be 5 to 6 feet long






Boca Chita Lighthouse


chain of keys bordering the east side of Biscayne Bay looking down from the lighthouse
Got some awesome pictures of the usual suspects;) in Big Cypress National Preserve!

off to a really good start at the preserve!!!!

wood stork

egret

lesser white heron



turkey vulture

ibis


blue heron

a new heron for me, don't know what it is!







this king fisher actually posed for me!  a first and I was thrilled!  managed to get a few good shots since he was so willing!

egret

green heron




beautiful clear water in the swamp
we hope this guy made it across the road and back into the water!


1 comment:

  1. That one is a Black Crowned Night Heron.

    Lovely photos! I sure would like to see a manatee.

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