"A Short 1/2 mile Elevated Boardwalk Hike" Top 5 Page for this destination Everglades National Park Things to Do Tip by KimberlyAnn

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  Common Gallinule
by KimberlyAnn

The AnhingaTrail is a short walking trail that takes you along an elevated boardwalk which follows a slough flowing slowly through the sawgrass prairie. This is a good walk for observing birds and alligators. We walked this short trail a number of times, as we were able to view an anhinga rookery, which was very interesting. One day we observed a male anhinga as he displayed for a female. He quickly alternated between wing waving, then doing a backwards bow by raising his tail and flaring it out above his head, while bringing his neck back with his head touching his back. He would do this over and over again in quick succession. We were able to observe many chicks in nests and clinging to the waving tree branches. Although the anhinga is black, the young are pure white. We also viewed many fish such as Tilapia, and many other birds such as the beautiful purple iridescent Gallinule. We not only saw many alligators, but we also heard them growl. One of the most fun things we did on the anhinga trail was to take our flashlights and walk the boardwalk at night. We heard the night sounds, which were incredible?owls hooting, frogs calling in loud deep voices, high-pitched insects, and water splashing. As we shown our flashlights into the shallow water large garfish, bas, African blue fish, and Oscars could be seen. Shining our flashlights across the water we saw the bright red eyes of gators in many spots. Eyes so red and bright that when they reflected in our lights they looked like a bright red glowing light. Good -sized spiders had built large webs between the board walk and the nearby tall marsh grasses where they sat in the center of their webs waiting for their luckless meals to alight.

Directions: This trail begins at the Royal Palm Visitor Center, four miles from the main park entrance.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 3, 2015
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