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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day from Photos from Florida! We hope you enjoy your day. Enjoy these photos of animal moms and babies from around Florida.

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Best of the Six Mile Cypress Slough

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers remains closed for renovations, but when it reopens it will remain one of the best places to find wildlife in Southwest Florida. What can you find there? Read on to find out.

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The Story of this Photo II

A wood stork wades in a Florida pond.
A wood stork wades in a Florida pond.

This started with a walk around the pond at our former apartment in Fort Myers. The water often teemed with life – turtles, fish, and the occasional ibis. There was a small gator once. This particular walk was obviously more prosperous than others. I saw the wood stork, a large threatened wading bird, from across the pond. This particular stork was walking through the shallow water. As I crept closer, I thought the stork would fly away. But as I walked closer, the wood stork waited, even as ibises pecked around it in the water. This photo was taken from about 15 feet away as the stork peered over the pond. After about 10 more minutes of walking though the water, the stork tired of that spot and flew off – but not before posing for a great picture.

Florida, Know Your Birds: Black Crowned Night Heron

The black crowned night heron is a very familiar bird in Southwest Florida. This heron nests around the swampy waters and hunts at dusk in inland lakes and pond. In the Southwest Florida area they are common, especially at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve.

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Southwest Florida Pit Stop: Lakes Regional Park

A pit stop in racing is quick. It’s necessary, but a prolonged stay is unwise and unneeded. A Southwest Florida Pit Stop is a quick visit (less than 30 minutes) to a quick, fun, cheap place in the Fort Myers, Sanibel, Naples, Cape Coral area.

A quick trip around Lakes Park fits this description well.

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Florida, Know Your Birds: Reddish Egret

The reddish egret is another of the Florida plume birds that faced extinction early in the 20th Century. During the early 1900s, fashion dictated big hats with fancy plumes. The trade for these feathers endangered many of Florida’s big wading birds, including several types of egrets.

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American Alligators at Corkscrew Swamp Preserve

Birding in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is a haven for finding exotic birds. Here’s a collection of some of the best shots collected in the past few months. Most of these were taken at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve or the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Click below to check out the video.

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Nature Up Close

Pileated Woodpecker

One of my favorite parts about living in Southwest Florida is the ability to see nature up close. This pileated woodpecker put on a show for visitors to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida. This woodpecker was surprising unfazed as onlookers watched him devour several insects, including a large grub. Check out the video below for a closer look.