Cycling in Florida – Anhinga babies and young alligators

Today, while John was doing some final packing, I jumped on the bike once more and pedaled over to the Anhinga Trail for one last visit. Part of the trail from the campground passes over some limestone sections that are the common rock formation just below the surface of the Everglades. Highly porous, it allows the ground water to seep through as a sort of underground river.

The rest of the route is on good pavement and passes such facilities as the Boy Scout Camp. This route is less traveled than the highway route and therefore safer for cyclists and provides a sort of back entrance into the Anhinga Trail area of the Park.

The Anhinga Trail once again provided opportunities to photograph a variety of bird life and this time under somewhat better lighting conditions.

The night before, I had seen some baby Anhinga in one of the nests and wanted to try and get some better photos in daylight. Had lots of fun watching the young with their snake-like necks poking out from beneath the mother and hoping fro some food. I succeeded in getting a number of shots but while I was there, the young got no food despite their efforts.

The alligators were once again present in numbers and I was lucky enough to see a mother alligator with her young stretched out over her head.

There was a busload of students heading out along the path as I was about to leave so I considered my timing to be just about perfect. Not sure how the Anhingas and Alligators would react to the arrival of 20 or 30 excited children but after they went by, the vultures didn’t seem to even notice and went right back to spreading their wings to dry.

Rather difficult to say goodbye to the alligators (they have such cute smiles -:)) but we left without shaking hands and were soon on our way to Ft. Lauderdale.




About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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2 Responses to Cycling in Florida – Anhinga babies and young alligators

  1. Bart Sobel says:

    Hi Ron,

    I met you on the Anhinga trail (I was with my family – 4 young kids). I don’t know if you were aware of this, but this past Saturday, The Bing search engine background picture was of a sunset on the bridge of the Anhinga Trail!

    This link should work, but if not, just go to and click the back arrows at the bottom of the image until you get to the picture.

    Pretty neat coincidence – at least for us… we had never heard of the place until last Monday.

    You took some beautiful pictures.

    – Bart

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