Gatorland

Gatorland

One of Florida’s first tourist attractions, Gatorland attracts wading birds and people for the same reason: the alligators. Wading birds in the wild choose to nest over water frequented by Alligators. As a result the wading bird’s eggs and chicks are safe from predators like raccoons. Great Blue, Little Blue, Green and Tricolored Herons, Black-crowned Night-Herons, White Ibises, Wood Storks and Snowy Egrets have nested over the alligator ponds and marsh at Gatorland for years. Roseate Spoonbills have frequented the park for several years (unusual this far inland), and they have nested successfully. Limpkins are occasionally recorded. Boardwalks wind through the marsh allowing visitors to see the nesting birds up close without disturbing them. A three-story observation tower (the second level is handicapped accessible) provides a great birds’ eye view of the rookery. Photographers will really enjoy this site. Nesting season runs from January to August, with the peak between April and June. Ask about extended “dawn to dusk” passes (extra fee) for birders and photographers. Birding tours of the rookery can be arranged for groups; call for details.

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