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"A Short Loop Trail for Bird Watchers and Alligator" Top 5 Page for this destination Everglades National Park Things to Do Tip by KimberlyAnn

Everglades National Park Things to Do: 194 reviews and 362 photos

  Baby Alligator
by KimberlyAnn

Eco Pond is a 1/2 mile loop that will allow you take an easy walk around a freshwater pond. You will see a variety of wading birds, songbirds, and other wildlife such as the alligators that often cruise the pond. You will find a ramped viewing platform here that is often used by bird watchers at sunrise and sunset. This is another short walk we took a number of times, including one with flashlights in the evening. On our night walk we enjoyed the ever-present night concert of frogs and insects. We heard at least three different types of frogs, as well as a few alligator calls mixed into the chorus. As we shown our lights across the water we saw the reflections of many alligator eyes staring back at us. A few were close enough to shore that we could see their heads and bodies with our lights as they slowly swam past. We also spied a frog that was about six inches or so in size. Fireflies blinked on and off and a meteor made a long, slow, bright descent burning out just as it neared the tree line. As we approached the end of the loop a large raccoon was captured by our lights and froze in confusion, when we turned off our lights he hurried into the bush. This was a really pleasant outing.

Directions: This trail is located close past the Flamingo Visitor Center and close to the campground.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 28, 2004
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