Friday, March 01, 2013

Everglades National Park - Mrazek Pond

During our stay in The Everglades we drove past a pond with a lot of pink birds. I immediately thought they were flamingoes, but on further enquiry at the gate we were told that they were probably not flamingoes but Roseate Spoonbills. Flamingoes have not been seen in the area for about 15 years, according to the ranger. We went anyway to see what there was to see. The crowd of people at the pond showed that there was something special going on. So back we went to check it out. The pond is shrinking due to the lack of rain and from what I have been able to find out, the birds congregate here because the fishing is so good for them. we saw so many birds. Roseate Spoonbills, herons, ibises, storks, egrets, squadrons of pelicans, coots and a host more. It was a wonderful experience. While we were there I started talking to a lady and I detected an accent hidden under her US accent. After some questions it emerged that she was from Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and was born in the same hospital that I was and had been living in the US for about 40 years. Truly a small world.

Here are some photos of the birds.

The pink Roseate Spoonbill.
Roseate Spoonbill looking for food.
An Anhinga or Snake Bird with a fish in it's beak.
A congrgation of birds on the banks of the pond.
Lots of birds.

This is truly a magical place and I would recommend anyone who goes to the Everglades, to go and spend some time at Mrazek Pond. Take your camera and a tripod.


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