Wildlife of the Everglades

Finishing up my Caribbean vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I was able to snap some pictures of the wildlife of the Everglades.  Unfortunately, most of the pictures I took were from a moving airboat, so many of them were blurry at best.  The only decent pictures were those of black vultures (Coragyps atratus), turkey vultures (Cathartes aura), and American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).  To be honest, I didn’t see any alligators in the wild.  The only ones I saw were at the Gator Boys alligator rescue facility at Everglades Holiday Park.

By the way, a group of vultures is called a wake if they’re feeding.  Otherwise, a group of vultures is known as a committee, a venue, a kettle, or a volt.

A Committee of Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus)

A Committee of Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus)

SOURCE:  A Committee of Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) (Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co., Florida, USA); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 05 February 2012.

Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura)

Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura)

SOURCE:  Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) (Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co., Florida, USA); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 05 February 2012.

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

SOURCE:  American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) (Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co., Florida, USA); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 05 February 2012.

Copyright © 2012 by Stephen J. Danko

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