Friday, December 21, 2012

Oasis Visitor Center At Big Cypress

"Merry Christmas" to all.
DesertDale took me on a bird walk to the Oasis Visitors Center.  It is one fanatic site for "bird watching", plus other wild life.

Big Cypress has two visitor stations that has much information & orientation, issuing permits, gift shop  other services. They  are open year-round.
Both facilities are midway between Miami and Naples along the Tamiami Trail.
The Oasis Boardwalk near Naples is the one DesertDale and Kitfoxgal went on.  It was will worth every step we took. DesertDale had a field day, where he took over 260 photos of wild life in the area.
This is a "Tricolored Heron"is a very slender, dark heron, with a white belt and rump.
There are guided hikes, canoe trips, boardwalks, and evening programs put on by the staff and volunteers at the center.
This is a "Great White Egret".   They are a tall, stately bird, with a large yellow bill
 
The "Roseate Spoonbill" has a spatula bill plus pale pink plumage
 
This "Red-Shouldered Hawk" was not at the Oasis, but he was giving DesertDale such a dirty look I had to post it. It was near our camp site. They are recognized as a buteo by the ample tail and broad wings.
This was a visitor at the "Friends of Fakahatchee" site , when we did bird watching at that sight.
This info was taken from Goggle = (The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Protecting over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.)

Hope you enjoy this posting as much as I enjoyed being there. Kitfoxgal

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