One of the best venues in Florida for bird photographers.

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– the name Wakodahatchee comes from a Seminole Indian word which translates to “created waters”.

The Wakodahatchee site is part of Florida’s Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility. Its approximately 50 acres of reclaimed freshwater wetland that has been turned into habitat wildlife.

The site consists of a three-quarter mile, elevated, handicap-friendly boardwalk that crosses the water, with islands and snags providing ideal nesting and roosting sites.

Anhinga Portrait

These wetlands provide an amazing wildlife habitat and homes for a large number of different species of birds, plus alligators, turtles and other critters found in a wetland ecosystem. Although it seems that there’s always something to see by far the best time to visit is from mid-January to April when the birds are nest building.

Wood stork

During our recent visit we had great views of preparing their nest sites. Along with a number of Egrets (both Greater and Snowy), Blue Herons, White and Glossy Ibis.

Tricolored heron

The center is free of charge to visit and parking is limited. The boardwalk is also very popular with walkers which can cause problems for photographers.

Green Heron

As a tip go early before the sun gets too hot, the visitor arrive and the wildlife becomes less active.

 

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Alan De Witt

Alan De Witt

After spending a career that demanded much of my time and energy. I'm now retired and finally found some time to pursue an interest in wildlife and photography as well as putting together a website C & A's Wild Images.

I now live in Norfolk, an ideal location in the UK to see wildlife and over the years have also had the opportunity to visit and spend time using the camera in interesting and sometimes remote parts of the world. I first became interested in trying to capture wildlife images when I left university in the days of slide film. Initially I used two compact cameras with 20+ zooms but now have moved to a professional Canon SLR set-up.

Alan De Witt

Alan De Witt

After spending a career that demanded much of my time and energy. I'm now retired and finally found some time to pursue an interest in wildlife and photography as well as putting together a website C & A's Wild Images. I now live in Norfolk, an ideal location in the UK to see wildlife and over the years have also had the opportunity to visit and spend time using the camera in interesting and sometimes remote parts of the world. I first became interested in trying to capture wildlife images when I left university in the days of slide film. Initially I used two compact cameras with 20+ zooms but now have moved to a professional Canon SLR set-up.

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Paul Seligman

I spent a couple of hours hopus at Wakodahatchee in December – excellent, as Alan says. I haven’t edited those pictures yet but they are next on my to do list and there are some nice ones. Didn’t see Wood Stork and the species list was realtively short at about 20, but some great close-up opportuinities.

Alan De Witt

Many thanks for the comments, Ive added a more detailed post on a blog at http://adwimages.co.uk/Blog/wakodahatchee-wetlands-one-of-the-best-in-places-in-palm-beach-of-bird-photographer/ with some more images.

Nancy Jo Crebs

Great shot

Jeanette Williams

A fantastic pic