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Florida Everglades Wildlife Photography
Everglades and its Wildlife
A visit to Florida should be in everyone's list of things to do as well as photographing wildlife in the Everglades.
Being a native Floridian I have taken countless photographic trips to the Everglades. There I can photograph birds, snakes, alligators, flora & fauna to my my heart's content.
If you live here or plan to visit in the winter, especially November through January plan your trip in order to avail yourself of a spectacle that happens every year around this time.
Thousands of white egrets migrate to the Everglades to roost, transforming the usually green foliage into white. They will take over every available tree to make their nest and raise their young. Off course park predators know this and are always abundantly present just below the water waiting for some unfortunate fledgling to fall.
The trees that are close to one of the many canals are especially favored because they provide a bird's eye view to an abundant fish supply. A long lens in the range of 200mm to 400mm is recommended as is several rolls of films or extra memory cards. You don't really want to get close and personal with an alligator!
They are used to us but unpredictable at times. You can photograph all you want while at the parks, however ask before photographing individuals or at any of the tribal sites.
Most of the fauna is quite accustomed to humans and photographing them is not hard. Take advantage if you happen to see any of the invasive species at the park such as pythons or if you get lucky a Florida panther( although a large portions of them has been introduced from Colorado to re-populate the native stock). If flora is your thing, there are also many species around including several types of orchids.
Regardless of the time of year of your visit. plan ahead, take water and sunscreen and plan to visit the centers early (we are famous for our afternoon thunderstorms).
Three sites of interest are: Ernest Coe Visitor Center, Anhinga Trail and Flamingo Visitor Center. Facilities,vending , souvenirs and park rangers are always available. You can also rent huts for overnight stays.
There are several nature trails which you can hike or bicycle, tram tours are also available anywhere from 2 to 4 miles long.The price of admission is around $10.00 per vehicle and is good for two days. Visit www.usparks.about.us.com for more information and www.tripadvisor.com for directions and bookings. If possible don't miss an air-boat ride and a visit to the Micosukee Indian Tribe many tourist attractions. See www.miccosukee.com
For those brave at heart (I'm not) there are many local restaurants in which you can delight your palate with genuine alligator, turtle or snake.
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