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(adapted from article written for SAN MARCO MATTERS,
Delray Beach, Florida
WAKODAHATCHEE WETLANDS a.75
mile boardwalk alternative to the .9 mile once-around our
community was created and is maintained by the West Palm
Beach Public Utilities Authority.
Five minutes south of us, Wakodahatchee
Wetlands has been providing a great opportunity for
Sam and me to exercise and make friends with people and
Nature. The past few days its been a great blue heron
wading in the front pond greeting visitors.
The entry 1/4 mile boardwalk leads to a 1/2 mile loop which
winds through 3 of the wetlands ponds. One woman,
who recently passed us several time, says she routinely
does 8 times around. Regulars include serious
walkers, bird watchers, simple strollers and, of course,
the photographers, whose tripods line sections of the boardwalk.
The tripods holding cameras with 1200 mm lenses await, like
fishing poles along a shore, for a glimpse of the bobcats
that reside there or for some other wildlife activity, which
include turtles, frogs, otters, alligators and birds.
Right now, in March, the lineup is at the Maternity
Ward, which houses a great blue heron's
nest, as well as a couple of anhingas nests, on a
small island. The photographers wait patiently for the mom
and pop herons to switch caretaker shifts, every 2 to 3
hours, feeding and guarding the babies. Today, 3/20, I saw
3 of the little ones heads popping up in the nest.
To me, they looked like full-grown small birds already!
Im told that it takes 6 weeks before they leave the
Be sure to take your grandchildren there.
Our granddaughter (11) and grandson (7), Florida residents
and well-traveled, were very enthusiastic on their first
visit there. See www.naturesplayground.com/kaitlynsphotos.html
for some of the photos that Kaitlyn took using our digital
camera both there and at Butterfly World.
For beautiful bobcat and great blue heron photos, taken
by Jeff Shulman, visit www.naturesplayground.com/jeffsphotos.html.
If youd like to walk at Wakodahatchee and would appreciate
some company, feel free to give us a call.
2004-05 UPDATE - for additional bird photos by Sheila, see
GREEN HERON, as well as other Wakodahatchee photos,
on our eTeletours.com
I invite you also to read our ODE TO WAKODAHATCHEE.
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