Explorin' and Chillin'
Four Grandmas

Sweetwater Wetlands Park

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Very close to where Maria lives is a hidden gem. 

 

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I could have spent most of a day here, just walking around and photographing wildlife.

 


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A whiteboard where guests write down their sightings for the day.  This was the list from the handful of visitors when we left about noon.

Incredible variety!

(I personally like the first entry "A white bird."  Ha! ha!)

 


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While we didn't see everything on that list, we did see many different varieties of birds...

 


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...and several alligators.

 


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Mama discovered these huge empty snail shells along the water...

 

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...and we quickly discovered the fisherman.  Or fisherbird...

 


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Catching their breakfast!  And not wanting to share....

 


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This bird is called a common gallinule...in case you want to know....

 

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And this critter is a big old alligator, sunning in the shallows....

 


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We walked along the paths...

 


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...and boardwalks.  No fences or barriers...just wildlife galore!

 


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Lots and lots of gators of all sizes....

 


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A purple gallinule (also called a swamp hen)...

 


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An anhinga....

 


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A glossy ibis...

 

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Another common gallinule with its young chick...



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And of course, lots of one of my favorites, graceful snowy egrets.

I do love my birds!

 

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But my best photo capture of the day was an unexpected "circle of life" moment as Maria and I were walking along the boardwalk over a marshy area.  We heard a shrill squeal and looked below us to see a snake had a frog in its mouth.

 


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That squeal was the frog's last sound...

 


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And in just a few seconds, the frog was swallowed whole and the big snake slithered away.

Yikes! 

 

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I surely could have spent a whole day there, but Mama tired out quickly and was ready to go so "go" we did.

But I will be back, for sure!

 


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Such a neat place, a hidden gem.

Sweetwwater Wetlands Park.

 

 

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