Ft Lauderdale airboat tours are known for their wildlife and animal encounters. It is because the Everglades have countless reptiles, mammals, fish, and bird species. The Everglades national park is also home to many endangered and protected species. While most people will come to our Ft Lauderdale airboat tours to witness the incredible American Alligator and crocodile, we also get many keen bird watchers to capture the wonderful Everglades bird life. If you are an avid bird fan and are interested in visiting the Everglades, here is a taster of what you can expect.
Ft Lauderdale airboat tours with more than 350 bird species
Let’s start with the numbers before we get into the details. It is indeed true that the Everglades counts more than 350 bird species. You will see only some during your ride; it will take many Ft Lauderdale airboat tours to accomplish that! However, with so many birds inhabiting the Everglades, you should be able to take some snaps of the birds you have yet to see and add those to your collection. If you’re a passionate bird collector, let us know during your booking, and we will bring you to the places where you are most likely to find them.
The roseate spoonbill
Many bird watchers come to the Everglades to see the rare and stunning pink roseate spoonbill. This unique and splendid Wading bird takes after its pink color and distinctive spoon-shaped beak. We know bird watchers want to add the roseate spoonbill to their photo collection. If you are fascinated and seeing this bird is your long-time dream, please let us know in advance. We will take you to the places where you are most likely to witness this feathered beauty in its natural environment.
The wood stork
The wood stork is an endangered bird species you can expect to come across during our Ft Lauderdale airboat tours. This large wading bird is known for its unusual feeding habits. The wood stork holds its beak in the water while moving and shuffling its feet. By doing so, it scares fish away. As the fish swims away from its feet, they land close to its beak. The wood stork’s beak clamps on those fish at a record speed, providing a nicely deserved treat.
The great blue heron
This delightful great blue heron is a sight to behold, with its fanciful bluish-gray feathers and majestic demeanor. The great blue heron often stands motionless in search of prey. While appearing calm and moving slowly, the great blue heron will suddenly launch a lightning-fast attack to catch fish or pounce on gophers. The great blue heron is widespread in North America, and it is a species of least concern to the International Union of Conservation and Nature.
The Red-shouldered hawk
Red-shouldered hawks live in Florida all year round. Seeing them is common throughout Florida, and Ft Lauderdale airboat tours offer a great chance to observe them. It is a protected raptor, the red-shouldered hawk, under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Florida law. State and federal laws protect the bird, its eggs, and its nests.
There are many other birds that you can catch in the Everglades if you are lucky. The little blue heron, the osprey, the snail kite, the barred owl, and so many more. We only described a brief few, common and rarer. If you want to observe some of the 350 bird species the Everglades offer, you can do that through our Ft Lauderdale airboat tours. Book your ride, let us know you are a keen bird observer, and we will take you to the places where you are the most likely to see them.