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Alligator Hiding in the lilly pads

It dumped snow yesterday, which made me miss the winters I spent on Key Largo. One of my favorite pastimes then – besides playing golf in the warm Florida sunshine or lounging on a beach, and subsequently posting jealousy-inducing photos on Facebook – was to visit the nearby Everglades. One place in particular, the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park, offered incredible wildlife watching.

Much of the short trail is on a boardwalk suspended over an alligator-infested swamp and large pond. It is possible to see several species of large birds such as stately herons, swimming anhingas, ugly storks, beautiful egrets and creepy vultures, in addition to turtles, crabs, and fish. Of course, the piece-de-resistance is the American Alligator, which could be seen lazing on the banks or stalking prey in the water. Often times they’d be floating right under the boardwalk or lounging in the middle of the trail.

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