Alligator, Shark Valley, Everglades NP
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Everglades NP in Southern Florida is considered to be "the broadest and most slow floating river" in the whole world, an enormous mass of water that slowly trickles down a 3rd of Florida, like a river of grass, towards the sea, and the Everglades is considered to be globally unique !! However : The River of Grass is also filling up the water reservoir for 7 mill people, and after 130 years of drainage, farming, urban growth and road construction, the whole system is now threatened with collapse. Unpredictable variations in water levels and pollution from farming is now changing life conditions for indigenous plants and wildlife drastically. On top of this the ecosystem is intrigued by populations of foreign species of animals, hereby python snakes, that poses great threat to a lot of local wildlife. By the year 2000 US authorities had ambitious plans to restore the Everglades, but with the ongoing recession in US economy, this has been drastically reduced. Bad news for the `Glades !!
Pictures are taken late December 2012 / early January 2013. Thanks to Miami photographer Michael Stern for taking me to Wadakahatchee Wetlands.
Alligator, Shark Vally, Everglades NP
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Alligators, Big Cypress National Preserve
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Great blue heron in mating display. Wadakahatchee Wetlands
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Great blue heron. Wadakahatchee Wetlands
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Great blue herons. Wadakahatchee Wetlands
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Great blue herons. The female is an intermediate morph (frequent in Southern Florida). She may produce sterile eggs (?), but she`s nevertheless a perfect white bride !! Wadakahatchee Wetlands.
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Cattle egret. Wadakahatchee Wetlands.
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Common moorhen. Shark Valley, Everglades NP
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White ibis. Big Cypress National Preserve
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/9,0, 1/1600, ISO 3600
Roseate spoonbill (Alice in Wonderland !!!!). Wadakahatchee Wetlands.
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Woodstorks once roamed the Florida marshes. The stork is now considered to be a so called indicator species for Florida, and is now rare. Big Cypress National Preserve.
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