The Everglades take 1

Just back in Key Largo, Florida after a week long Vets course in the Everglades. It was great to put some big mile days in in the canoes and see the beauty of the Glades again. That was until the bugs turned up near the end pushing us to launch early from our solo site at the Gulf of Mexico (shark point) and paddle our last 30 miles back through the night chased by “no-see-ums” (midgees). The wildlife in the everglades is definitely one of the highlights for along with the challenge of trying to stay comfortable in
humid conditions while mosquitos and midgees try and eat me alive (I still itch all over).

“Tony the trash Gator”

“Tony the trash Gator” watches the Vets as they discuss what they would do in a fight with a gator – my moneys on the vets.
Evening meeting on a “chickee” There is not much land in the Everglades national park so its either chickees or “boarding up” (basically making a raft out of the canoes)
Paddling up the Roberts River.
My co-instructors Jinky and Alex catching a nap on a chickee at lunchtime
Two White Ibis take flight (thanks Ann-Marie for correcting me on my bird identification!).
Roberts River Chickee at sunset.
Sailing across the edge of “whitewater bay” headed for the gulf of mexico – if we hadn’t found a following wind this would have been a very long day.
The Suns rays as we cross Oyster bay headed back inland on our last long paddle through the night.
Now I have a couple of days to hang out in the Keys before one more Everglades Trip. Hoping for some better dolphing shots this time
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2 Comments

  1. Ann-Marie November 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    Hey Ali. Enjoyed your last update. I think the birds are some sort of ibis although I haven’t figures out which one yet – I’ll get back to you – but they are def not egrets. Look at the curvature on the bill – typical of all ibis

  2. Ann-Marie November 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    PS Pretty sure they are ‘white ibis’ from the colour of the legs and bill and the black tips on the primary feathers.

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