Baby gator sleeping on a log in Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
The Everglades National Park is a wildlife and bird photographer’s paradise. All these photos I took along just one trail: the Shark Valley Loop.
Baby gator sleeping on a log in Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Baby gator sleeping on a log.

If you want to know more… for the Happier Place blog, I wrote a comprehensive guide about Shark Valley: Shark Valley: Close Encounters with Wildlife in Everglades National Park (Florida)

If you want to go on a virtual photo safari along this Everglades trail with me, then just keep scrolling through this post. All these photos I took in March of this year. I’m just now making my way through photos from earlier trips and adventures now that I have this new website set up.

Wood Stork, Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, American Alligator right beside the Shark Valley Tram Trail
Wood Stork, Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, American Alligator right beside the Shark Valley Tram Trail
Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, and a Wood Stork standing around the freshwater grass marsh.
Closer view of the Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, and a Wood Stork standing around the freshwater grass marsh.
Adult American Gator in the water, Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Adult American Gator in the the “River of Grass”… or “River of Gators”
Juvenile Blue Heron, white feathers, light blue grey bill, yellow eyes,
Juvenile Blue Heron is surprisingly white.
Adult (Little) Blue Heron is as blue as you'd expect,Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Adult (Little) Blue Heron is as blue as you’d expect.
Snowy egret stalking by an adult American aligator, Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Don’t mind me… Snowy Egret stalking by an alligator is actually in less danger than you might think. The Shark River Slough gators are mostly content with eating the fish that swim into their mouths.
Pink roseate spoonbill, pink and white feathers, red eyes, wide bill,Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
The Roseate Spoonbill is the pink bird most commonly seen in the Everglades and other parts of Florida where the flamingo is mostly extinct.
Tricolored heron and reflection with long top head feathers, freshwater marsh, Sharky River Slough, Florida
Tricolored heron showing of his rump, reflection and strikingly long neck and white head feathers.
Great Blue Heron head close-up, grey neck, white and grey face, yellow eyes, grey and beige bill, shorebird, Florda
The Great Blue Heron is definitely much larger than the “regular” Blue Heron – however it doesn’t look very blue. Sidenote: in German we call this bird a Graureiher, which translates fittingly to Grey Heron. Just sayin’
Gator, Gator Hole, River of Grass, Shark River Slough, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Gator resting in his Gator Hole along the Shark River Slough in the heart of the Everglades National Park.
View from the observation tower shows the big subtropical sky, the River of Grass spreading to the horizon – only interrupted by the hammocks (islands of trees and shrubs).
Big subtropical sky above the River of Grass, interrupted only by the hammocks (islands of trees and shrubs). View from the Shark Valley observation tower.
Shark Valley Observation Tower, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Shark Valley Observation Tower in the Everglades National Park.
Wheelchair acessible ramp up the Shark Valley observation tower in the Everglades, National Park, Florida
Wheelchair accessible ramp up the Shark Valley observation tower in the Everglades.
View south-east from the Shark Valley Observation Tower in the Everglades National Park, Florida.
View south-east from the Shark Valley Observation Tower during dry season.
North-west view from Shark Valley Observation Tower, Everglades, National Park, Florida
North-west view across the Everglades River of Grass and Hammock islands.
Gator head close up with open jar, Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Open-jarred Gator Head. Alive, naturally.
Baby gators resting near and in the water, Everglades
Baby gators resting.
Turtle above water, Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
Yertle, the Turtle, resting on another turtle? JK LOL
Juvenile white ibis with brown feathers on tree, Shark Valley, Everglades, National Park, Florida
You can tell this is a juvenile White Ibis because of its brown feathers, yet red bill. The dark Glossy Ibis has a darker bill.
Tricolored Heron with long head feathers, blue, red and white plummage, wetlands, Florida
You can tell apart this Tricolored Heron with its long head feathers from a Blue Heron by its white underparts and reddish accents.
Gator head from above.
Gator head from above. Cute eyelids, right? No?
Water turtles with red underside, along shore, reflected in canal water, Shark Valley Visitors Center, Tamiami Trail
Water turtles resting and reflecting along the canal.
flock of ibis flying across sky in Florida
A flock of ibis – or as I like to call them: A Gang of Ibi
Great White American Egret flying across a darkening sky
Great White American Egret flying across a darkening sky.

This would be a good image to share on Pinterest

The Everglades National Park is a wildlife and bird photographers paradise. Photos taken in Shark Valley. Roseate Spoonbill. Florida

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