Florida Everglades

Since we had a few days in Miami, we knew we had to visit the Everglades. We originally booked a motorboat tour but that got cancelled and so the operator rebooked us on a tour of the Ten Thousand Islands for bird and dolphin watching (cool!), as well shell collecting (yawn). This required an early start (6am) and long drive (2 hours) but once the sun started to rise it was lovely.

Sunrise

Foggy sunrise

On the tour itself, we saw a number of birds, including ospreys, pelicans, different kinds of herons, cattle egrets, vultures, and – best of all – a roseate spoonbill.

Bright sun

Pelican on post

Blue heron

Osprey

Roseate spoonbill

Birds

As for dolphins, we caught brief glimpses of a few, but the best part was when one surfed in our wake, so close to the boat I could have touched it. So cool to see an animal just having fun.

Dolphin fin

Dolphin surfing in boat's wake

On our way back to Miami, we stopped to do an airboat tour, which featured lots of mangroves and quite a few alligators.

Mangrove tunnel

Mangroves

Mangroves

Alligator

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