On The Shore On The shore — 07 September 2014
Wakodahatchee on the wild side

Hundreds of birds live in the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, and we walk easy among them. Stately as they are, the swans back in Regent’s Park, London, aren’t quite as amazing as what I see here. A flock of snowy egrets flaps away as we approach. Red-winged blackbirds take their place, wings beating like a frantic pulse. A great blue heron flies by, shrieking. Moorhens cackle. Doves coo. We pause on the raised boardwalk above the marsh, binoculars ready, listening to birdsong. Around the next bend, cormorants and anhingas squawk from their roost in a tree. “Alligator!” someone shouts. People rush over in the torpid heat. We spot three turtles, too, and a shy marsh rabbit. The birds, the animals and the rich, tangled landscape make this vast green wetland a place of wild, pulsating life. A hidden gem.

There is no admission charge, either. Another wonder.

—Janet Charatan

A transplant from London, England, she has lived in South Florida for three months.

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee

 

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