Spring Break Goes to the Birds…and Alligators!

When my college roommate Nikki mentioned she was going to surprise her 13 year old son with a trip to South Florida (and just a few hours from me!) for his spring break, I decided to take a few days from my calendar to spend with them.

The full day that we had to spend together was overcast, but we made the most of it with a visit to Wakodahatchee Wetlands. During our time there, we quickly found it’s not only the snow birds who pass through the area at this time of year!

The elevated boardwalk provided a terrific vantage point for watching the birds that eat, nest and most of all call the wetlands home. But we spotted some other fun creatures as well. Take a look to see what caught our eyes in the wetlands.

 

Walking into Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach.

Walking into Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach.

Signage throughout Wakodahatchee Wetlands informs visitors of the natural habitat.

Signage throughout Wakodahatchee Wetlands informs visitors of the natural habitat.

Wood storks nest among other bird species at Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

Wood storks nest among other bird species at Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

This little blue heron hopped from tree to tree before returning to his nest where his mate watched the eggs.

This little blue heron hopped from tree to tree before returning to his nest where his mate watched the eggs.

This little guy - some type of ibis? - waded around finding some lunch.

This little guy – some type of ibis? – waded around finding some lunch.

Not far below, an alligator took a noon-time nap.

Not far below, an alligator took a noon-time nap.

And so did this bunny, on the other side of the boardwalk.

And so did this bunny, in a cozy little nest he or she made on the other side of the boardwalk from the alligator!

I spy a baby alligator!

I spy a baby alligator!

 

 

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