Big Cyprus National Preserve South Florida

Sheltering in place near the Big Cyprus National Preserve(BCNP). When I left California in mid-February, the Covid 19 was all about Wuhan Province, China. I have been camping at remote locations and sheltered in place in my popup, or on even more remote trails where there were few if any other hikers. When I left Texas for Florida, there were still very few cases in the US. Now that I’m in Florida I’m sheltering in place at an Air BnB, near the Big Cyprus where I’m the only occupant here. Still I am visiting places where there is nobody at all. I’m canoeing(canoe came with the Air BnB) in the far reaches of the BCNP, where there are only birds, alligators, crocodiles and very large pythons. Also I have checked in with Veterans Administration Clinics(I’m a vet) and hospitals, explained how I wound up far from home, am camping and hiking in remote places and can I get tested for the Covid-19 virus. I can’t get tested because they don’t have enough test kits for people without symptoms. Since I have no syptoms, I can’t be tested(unless I’m Tom Hanks of the Duke of Windsor). Of course I could be a carrier without symtoms but still, no symtoms, no test. Also, the nurse I talked to at the VA supported my sheltering  in place in my popup tent trailer where I have been for 90+% of my time on the road. Washing my hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer a ridiculous times a day, clean everything I touch and stay away from people is my mantra. I’m returning to California where I have a far greater chance of contracting the Covid-19 virus than where I am now. Oh, and I have an even greater chance of getting killed in a smash up than getting a virus. All that said, Here are my pictures:

Anhinga(Anhinga anhinga. Is like a submersible heron or crane, with their impossibly skinny necks sticking up in ridiculously sinuousy S-curves.

Northern Cardinal(Cardinalis cardinalis) Can somebody tell these taxonomists to get some more original material? This shot shows an extreme top knot effect assisted by the wind. The Fonze is green with envy!

Glossy Ibis(Plegadis falcinellus) Showing off it’s irridescent colors. Shot from a great observation tower in the Thousand Island National Wildlife Refuge(TINWR).

 Halloween Pennant(Celithemis eponina). Often perched on the top of a weed or branch waving in the wind like a pennant.

Common Moorhen(Galinula cloropus). Cool, but not as cool as a Purple Gallinule(Porphhyrula martinica), whiich I do hope to see here.

American Alligator(Alligator mississippiensis) and three dragonflies(Orange thing being very, very cool.

American Alligator showing it’s amazing reptilian armor.

American Alligator thermoregulating(cooling off while baking in the sun. Remember, they’re cold blooded beasts.

Great Egret(Ardea alba) from the observation tower, a great place for viewing and photography! Sorry about the dirty water: I’ll write a strongly worded letter to the NPS regarding this speckle water situation.

Grey Catbird(Dumetella carolinensis). On the 10,000 Island National Wildlife Refuge. Another life bird, but more importantly, I have a picture!

Juvenile Florida Red-shouldered Hawk(Budteo lineatus). On the grounds of my Air BnB, very friendly. The Florida color variant is paler than our west coast one.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron(Nycticorax nycticorax) chilling on somebodies canalside residence. From a canoe I borrowed from the Air BnB I stayed at.

Reddish Heron(Egretta Fufescens) Life Bird, Black-necked Stilt(Himantapus mexicanus), Glossy Ibis(Plegadis falcinellus) Life Bird, having a wader party.

Juvenile White Ibis(Eudocemus albus) chilling on a canal front residence with friends.

Tricolored Heron(Egretta tricolor) Life Bird. Stelthfully skulking, sinuous, slippery Smeaglefish.

Cardinal Air Plant(Tillandsia fasciculata), a bromeliad epiphyte that is common throughout Everglades NP and the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Swallow-tailed Kite(Elanoides forficatus). One of the most beautiful birds, both in appearance and in flight habit. I had to include these seven exposures because you need to see lots of pictures to appreciate the beauty of this bird.

Juvenile Snowy Egret(Egretta thula). Skulking in TINWR. You have to guess the acronym, it’s been mentioned earlier and it WILL be on the test.

 Black-necked Stilts. Wading because they’re waders.

Black-necked Stilts, Glossy Ibis, foraging.

Red-bellied Cooter(Pseudemys nelsoni). Commonly seen in deep waters of the swamp and in canals.

Adult White Ibis(Eudocemus albus).

American White Pelican(Pelicanus erythrorhychos). Floating magnificently in the TINWR. They don’t dive like other pelicans, they feed from the waters surface, dipping their beaks into the water to catch fish and other aquatic organisms.

That’s all for now folks, more to come later

Published by sabaiedmsncom

I am a former park ranger, and coastal dune preserve manager, now retired and photographing the places that suit my wanderlust. I usually have a general idea of where I want to travel to, but once on the road I just follow my nose: it seldom steers me wrong.

6 thoughts on “Big Cyprus National Preserve South Florida

  1. Beautiful shots!! You are probably better off camping out. Unfortunately a lot of campgrounds are closing. But we have always found remote areas to camp. Stay safe!


  2. Ed, I just love all the shots of the waterfowl! It makes me homesick for the coast! We used to see such a variety when we lived in Brazoria County. Won’t you consider staying there in Florida till corona is gone?


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