From Naples, we went across on US 41, as suggested by Robert Sobczak. It was amazing - very, very dry. There was grass, but not much of a "river of grass."
I just can't seem to figure out what wrong with my picture posting on my blog - I tried to lighten these, because they seemed to be too dark, now these just look washed out...Anway, big brown sign...
This was the only kingfisher I got a shot of at all - they don't much like me, I think. Although my son calls me "the bird whisperer," it doesn't apply to kingfishers!
The cormorants were so funny, holding onto the wires with those big clumsy feet of theirs...they bobbled around, but managed to stay on.
There was a boardwalk off the highway, and we stopped and walked out. Didn't see or even hear much, but it was very peaceful.
Near the end of the boardwalk there was one place with a little pool ...there were a few birds and alligators in the water.
In that spot, the blue-gray gnatcatchers were almost as thick as gnats, but I'm not sure what they were eating..we noticed very few bugs..maybe they found insects in the moss..
And this was NOT a good thing. There was a group with a guide, and she was worried about this snake. She felt pretty sure it was one of the exotics that they are having so much trouble with in FL - people get pet snakes, then dump them in the swamps and streams....they are causing a lot of trouble.