BIRDS and OTHER WILDLIFE IN SOUTH WEST FLORIDA
Mourning Doves April 2006 We had three broods of two babies each, in a hanging basket by our condo door. We watched them all fledge. Courtship begins with a noisy flight by the male, followed by a graceful, circular glide with outstretched wings and head down. After landing, the male will approach the female with a puffed-out breast, bobbing head, and loud calls. The male then leads the female to potential nest sites, and the female will choose one. The female dove builds the nest. The male will fly about, gather material, and bring it to her. The Mourning Dove is the most widespread and abundant game bird in North America. Every year hunters harvest more than 20 million.
White Ibis Immature White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill Sandhill Cranes
Anhinga Cormorant Red Shouldered Hawk
For hawk parasailing, see www.youtube.com/v/pd5BMP_41bI%26rel%3d0%26hl%3den_US%26feature%3dplayer_embedded%26version%3d3
For great bird pictures, go to: http://floridabirdingtrail.com/bird-sort-page/
For terrific wildlife pictures in the Everglades go to Brian Hampton's website www.brianhamptonphotography.com
Black Vulture Turkey Vulture
Osprey on Airport Road Osprey on Gordon River
Read about the Bald Eagles in Ft Myers. Also, go to http://www.ustream.tv/SouthwestFloridaEagleCam for live video and www.DickPritchettRealEstate.com for pictures. And watch the super terrific film clip on the movie "the Eagle Huntress" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qlqEo1mGns
Muscovy Duck at Oyster Catcher Bald Eagle on Airport Road
Barred Owl Red Shouldered Hawk
American Swallow Tailed Kite Pileated Woodpecker
Great White Heron is a Blue Heron Morph Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron Little Blue Heron (Is white the first year)
Yellow Crowned Night Heron Swallowed Tailed Kite Red Headed & Red Bellied
Hairy Downy Pilleated
Painted Bunting Royal Tern Mockingbird (FL State Bird)
Moorhen (or Gallinule) Sanderling Kingfisher
Limpkin Bittern Dowitcher
Pink Flamingo creator, Don Featherstone, died. See http://www.ardastra.com/Nat%20Geo%20Article%201957.pdf and at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/business/don-featherstone-inventor-of-the-pink-flamingo-in-plastic-dies-at-79.html?_r=0 and at www.uselessinformation.org/pink_flamingo/index.html and at birding.about.com/od/Bird-Trivia/a/20-Fun-Facts-About-Flamingos.htm
These official flamingos were sold in pairs, with one standing upright and the other with its head low to the ground, "feeding". There are more plastic ones than the real ones.
DOLPHINS and MANATEES
We have both in SW Florida. You can often see dolphins from the Naples Pier. Drive to Manatee Park on the Orange River in Ft Myers and rent a canoe or a kayak to see manatees. Read more here.
Everglade Anhinga Trail In February 2013 we went with Amy, Tom and Aleksey to snorkel in Key Largo. We stopped in Everglades National Park near Flamingo and walked the Anhinga Trail and saw many birds and alligators. See slide show.
Eastern Diamond Rattlesnake on Turner River Road
Compared to a Burmese python, like the one on the wrapped around Michael
Cole’s arm below it,
Florida is turning to cold hard cash to lure adventure seekers into the
Everglades to bag a Burmese
Come to Florida and learn TREADMILLING!
We saw this cute Water Moccasin at the corner of Rt 41 and Turner River Road on February 28, 2016.
Armadillo on Bald Eagle Drive near our condo in Naples in 1996.
Red Fox Deer
Otters at Corkscrew Swamp
EVERGLADES CITY, BARON COLLIER and COPELAND
Read about Everglades City at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everglades_City,_Florida
Read about Baron Collier at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barron_Collier
Read about Baron Collier's Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City.
Read about the Tamiami Trail.
Read about Copeland, a suburb of Everglades City.
Read about 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge ... 35,000 acres.
Read about Fakahatchee Strand and go to www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fakahatchee-Strand and www.florida-everglades.com/mapfaka.htm ...74,000 acres. Plants found in the park include royal palm, bald cypress, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids.
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE
Forty years ago, on October 11, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the bill establishing the 729,000 acre area as the first national preserve in the National Park System east and south of Naples. The Welcome Center is on Route 41, about 17 miles east of Route 29 that goes to Everglades City. We drive to Turner River Road in the Big Cypress, about 5 miles east of Route 29, at least once a month to view birds and alligators. See a detailed map of the Big Cypress Preserve.
AUDUBON'S CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY (West Naples, FL)
At one time, the sanctuary's bald cypress forest supported an estimated 100,000 Wood Storks. Be sure to walk the 2.25 mile boardwalk loop. In flight ... Wood Storks are very beautiful. Read about its History and also about its Aquisition.
DING DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Read about the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island near Ft Myers at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/jn_ding_darling/ . Also read about the Ding Darling Society at http://dingdarlingsociety.org/ additional information on wildlife in SW Florida is at XXXXX.
Bobbin Hollow Equestrian Center 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Road 239-592-1033
Coming Soon: Horse Barn Off Goodlette-Frank Road in North Naples
Be sure to visit the Naples Botanical Garden. www.naplesgarden.org
Invasive Plants: Australian Melaleuca tree and the South
American Brazilian pepper tree have spread
Read about the Myrtle Oak in Naples at Naples Preserve. It is among "Big Trees" the biggest Myrtle Oak in Florida and in the 50 States. It apparently only grows in the five southeastern states,
Sabal palmetto grows up to 65 ft (20 m) in height (with
exceptional individuals up to 92 ft (28 m) in height,
flowers are yellowish-white, .20 in (5 mm)
across, produced in large compound panicles up to 8.2 ft
For a palm tree, Sabal palmetto is very
cold-hardy—it is commonly accepted that
Sabal palmetto is able
This site was last updated 04/25/17