The Everglades National Park is a national park in the U.S. state of Florida which protects the southern 25 percent of the original Everglades. It is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and is visited on average by one million people each year.
It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone. It has also been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of International Importance. It is one of only three parks in the world to appear on all three lists.
Unlike most U.S. national parks, Everglades National Park was created to protect a fragile ecosystem instead of safeguarding a unique geographic feature. The Everglades are wetlands created by a slow-moving river originating in Lake Okeechobee, fed by the Kissimmee River, and flowing southwest at about .25 miles (0.40 km) per day into Florida Bay. The park protects an interconnected network of marshland and forest ecosystems that are maintained by natural forces. Thirty-six species designated as threatened or protected live in the park, including the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee. The park protects the largest U.S. wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. It is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America, and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere. More than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles live within Everglades National Park. All of South Florida's fresh water, which is stored in the Biscayne Aquifer, is recharged in the park.
Are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae, with 64 recognised species (some are called "egrets" or "bitterns" instead of "heron"). Within Ardeidae, all members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as "bitterns", and — including the Zigzag Heron or Zigzag Bittern — are a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. However, egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white or have decorative plumes. Although egrets have the same build as herons, they tend to be smaller.
The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationship of the genera in the family is not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family Cochlearidae, the Boat-billed Heron, is now regarded as a member of the Ardeidae.
Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises, spoonbills and cranes, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched. They are also one of the bird groups that have powder down. Some members of this group nest colonially in trees, while others, notably the bitterns, use reed beds.
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lousat (68469) 2014-02-20 1:23
Waaw Iain,this is a perfect pic for treknature too...ehehe...fantastic in flight capture of this white heron.great timing and perfect exposure for the best details! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (111230) 2014-02-20 1:46
quelle iamge et compo fantastique cpatage en plein vol de cet oiseau tout en élégance et finesse avec son long bec jaune grandisoe vue.
Bravo et amitié
snunney (76350) 2014-02-20 2:16
A useful and informative note to accompany this splendid wild life photo. The cropping is ideal. I like the soft light and excellent rendering of the detail in the plumage. Back to showery weather here after a couple of quite reasonable days.
PaulVDV (19393) 2014-02-20 3:41
A very graceful presentation of this heron.
For me the most beautiful part is the plumage on the underside of its left wing.
Best regards, Paul
ikeharel (48242) 2014-02-20 9:29
Good evening Iain,
Beautiful inflight picture of the white Heron, with typical neck stretched and use aerodynamic skills.
It's "cousins" are very similar in Israel, called Egretta-Garzetta.
Fine taken photo, cheers.
Waylim (24482) 2014-02-21 19:36
Very nice shot of the heron in flight. Impressive quality, not always easy to get such photos. I tried and many of them are just blur. The Everglade is such a wonderful place to see so many bird and lot of mosquitos too. I hope get some nice shot of them :)
I love the panoramic crop to give the bird some space to fly into. Excellent details and good composition. I really enjoyed it.
Cricri (96885) 2014-02-23 10:14
Quelle capture magnifique du héron en plein vol, d'une élégance incroyablement belle, netteté et lumière excellente
abmdsudi (36276) 2014-02-24 9:22
An amazing bit wildlife capture, what a magnificent bird and a terrific dynamic shot which you've freezed it completely. Superb detail with clear profile as herons always look so ungainly with their necks bent like that in flight and the fantastic wing span. The clarity is adequate, spot on position with enough room space ahead, the colours looks natural and the contrast is just great. What an achievement here! Congrats
macjake (49236) 2014-02-25 0:13
great note you've given us...so much new info there. Really enjoyed that read, and i never gave much thought to the difference between an outstretched neck or not when flying....i'll have to look for that the next time i see herons.
Wonderful photo too, capturing birds in flight is never an easy task - this one turned out very well indeed. Its neck is strange!