Wooing at Wakodahatchee

If you’re down my way a go-to spot for seeing Florida birds is the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, a man-made gathering, roosting and breeding spot for a variety of species.

As this photo shows, nesting involves a bit of wooing.

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A pair of anhingas (AKA snakebirds), female on left. (Photo by Ron Haines)

Derived from a Seminole Indian phrase meaning “created waters,” the area was constructed by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department next to an existing water treatment plant and about a mile from a regional water reclamation facility.

 

The project converted about 56 acres of former percolation ponds into a thriving wetlands habitat. Approximately two million gallons per day of highly treated reclaimed water is used to maintain the wetlands, which attracts an abundance of wildlife in a park-like setting.

It’s in western Boynton Beach on Jog Road.

For more info and some great photos, go here and here.

 

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Another wooing photo, and below the results of some earlier wooing.  (Photos by Ron Haines)

 

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A very unusual sighting for me was this purple gallinule with a couple of chicks.  Sorry about the focus. (Photo by Ron Haines)

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Saw lots of nesting wood storks, but it’s a bit too early for offspring.  I couldn’t see, but I am pretty sure there were eggs in the nests.  (Photo by Ron Haines)

 

 

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Above are a marsh rabbit, a turtle, and of course an alligator, keeping an eye on his menu.  (Photos by Ron Haines)

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2 Responses to Wooing at Wakodahatchee

  1. Leslie Dreier says:

    I just got home from marshall preserve. Is this nearby?

    Leslie

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    • Ron Haines says:

      If you’re talking about the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, then yes. The refuge is on 441, the Wakodahatchee Wetland is east of it on Jog Road.

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