I couldn't believe our luck: watching a family of river otters sneak up behind an unsuspecting couple at Rookery Swamp. I was watching through my binoculars, so I can verify that the two women never saw the otters at all - they never turned around. (my husband snapped the photo above) Which, in these gator filled parts, could be ill-advised! I may be overly cautious, but whenever I stop on the trail to take a photo, I always look around to make sure an alligator isn't right behind me. You laugh? Well, you haven't seen the big-dogs I have, only a few, short bites away.
Eventually, we passed the family, as they frolicked in and out of the water. They were so cute! We were giving them some space, as the mother was waiting for a stray cub. (I was zoomed in)
A regal eagle and a juvenile at Fakahatchee Strand.
The swamp has eyes...
A sleeping Night Heron.
A cuddly teddy bear/wildcat. Wait a minute...
I found the bear on the ground at Crew Trails. So, of course I stuffed him into my sack and took a few photos along the trail. Do you see him in the lower right? Eventually, I left him where I was sure that a kid would find him.
When we exited, low and behold, we spotted the owner of the bear. (or bears, because I left mine inside) Do you see it on the dash?
A parting shot from Rookery Swamp. We really had a great time enjoying nature this year.
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