For those of you looking to see Florida Wildlife while driving in a car, this is the place for you! Just never know what you may see.
It’s great for the wheel chair bound or photographers with large lens, you can pull to the side and cautiously step out to get awesome shots of spectacular nature and of course being aware of your surroundings as this is alligator mating season.
You can drive these well kept dirt roads around the four shallow-water cells where it will be easy to spot the American Alligator, waterfowl and even an occasional Osprey, American Bald Eagle, Kingfiser’s, warblers, Great Blue Herons and the Crested Caraca’s! These are a few off the top of my head and spied today a frisky Otter and the American Bittern! It actually waded out in the open, a rare treat indeed! Oh and let’s not forget the dragonfly’s and butterfly’s! One day while visiting a Great Bald Eagle visited and swooped down right in front of me and consumed a coot.
A second group of ponds; locally known as the “Dan Click Ponds” can be accessed from a dirt road on the north side of Wickham Rd., across from the main entrance. Shorebirds may be seen here most of the year and the wintering ducks!
The only time we haven’t been able to gain access was after heavy rains so be sure to call ahead of time. 321 255 4488 It’s about a 2 hr drive from Palm Beach International Airport. Off I95 North bound to Viera Exit, head West staying on Wickham road and you’ll end right at these wetlands.
Recently met up with Wildlife Photographer Ron Bielefeld and what did he have me do? Instead of driving we walked around the reserve. He with his 600 mm and without a strap!! He had me sit down on water low taking pics of the ducks and Great Blue Herons. On his vest he had a built in ready made seat!! Yes my butt got wet, however learning the ropes from this 35 y/o National Geographic veteran. He was so patient and as he was sharing his knowledge didn’t an otter pop up out of the water with a snake in his mouth!!
“When the pupil is ready the Master is at hand” Mabel Collins
Learned great tips this day. When Ron asked me what my goal was he kind of snickered looked down and made two swipes with his boot in the sand. He probably has heard my answer from many of his students. He looked at me the sun bright in his face and his right eye half closed. “I like your enthusiasm” his response, he paused and then patiently laid the groundwork for excellence. Below is one of my photographs he thought was a “workable RAW” It brought a private sting to my nose and tear to my eye, seeing he chose my favorite of all favorites; the Great Blue Heron.
So now it’s your time to get out and visit nature, just never know who you will meet and greet!! If you venture to Viera, you won’t be disappointed.