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.
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
Closer view of the Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, and a Wood Stork standing around the freshwater grass marsh.
Adult American Gator in the the “River of Grass”… or “River of Gators”
Juvenile Blue Heron is surprisingly white.
Adult (Little) Blue Heron is as blue as you’d expect.
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.
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 showing of his rump, reflection and strikingly long neck and white head feathers.
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 resting in his Gator Hole along the Shark River Slough in the heart of the Everglades National Park.
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 in the Everglades National Park.
Wheelchair accessible ramp up the Shark Valley observation tower in the Everglades.
View south-east from the Shark Valley Observation Tower during dry season.
North-west view across the Everglades River of Grass and Hammock islands.
Open-jarred Gator Head. Alive, naturally.
Baby gators resting.
Yertle, the Turtle, resting on another turtle? JK LOL
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.
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. Cute eyelids, right? No?
Water turtles resting and reflecting along the canal.
A flock of ibis – or as I like to call them: A Gang of Ibi
Great White American Egret flying across a darkening sky.
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