2009 Wandering Florida Again travel blog

An alligator at the Oasis visitor's center

Florida Bay

Sunrise over Florida Bay

Red Shouldered Hawk

Birds at Eco Pond near the campground

Roseate Spoonbills and Egrets

Green Heron

An Anhinga with a fish

Birds in the mangroves


Spoonbill and Wood Stork

More birds at Eco Pond

A Roseate Spoonbill flew overhead

Roseate Spoonbills

Birds in flight

A flock of Spoonbills

White Pelican in the water

Red Shouldered Hawk

A hawk with his catch


Flock of Spoonbills


We left Ortona and traveled south to Hwy 41, also known as the Tamiami Trail. We traveled east through the Everglades and stopped at the Oasis Visitors Center where we saw some big alligators. We then went south through a lot of agricultural fields to Homestead where we traveled to the entrance of Everglades National Park. From the visitor's center it is 38 miles to Flamingo. We enjoyed staying in the national park campground in Flamingo, the southernmost place in the mainland of the U.S. Near the campground is Eco Pond where we saw lots of birds including Roseate Spoonbills, White Pelicans, hawks, herons, Ibis, egrets. We saw hawks in the campground every day.

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