Shark Valley & Eco Pond Gallery

Shark Valley is a beautiful area in the Everglades, accessed off 41, the Tamiami Trail. There is a 15 mile paved loop through this sectin of the Everglades, which can be travelled on a Tram ride, bicycles can be rented at the Park, or you can hike. We took the Tram ride one chilly, windy day, and came back another time to rent bikes. Additional information on this Park can be found here.

The Eco Pond is in the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park. There is a half-mile trail which goes around the pond which can be easily hiked. We spent late afternoon and sunset here, and the birds were plentiful. Further information on Flamingo trails can be found here.

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Female Anhinga

Image # 2393

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L

ISO 200, f/4, 1/125 second

Aperture Priority, 550EX/BB Flash EV -1 1/3

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Male Anhinga

Image # 2395

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L

ISO 400, f/4, 1/160 second

Aperture Priority EV -2/3, 550EX/BB Flash EV -1 1/3

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Common Moorhen (Breeding Colors)

Image # 2355

Eco Pond at Flamingo

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400 second

Aperture Priority, Center-weighted Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Glossy Ibis

Image # 2356

Eco Pond at Flamingo

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L

ISO 200, f/5, 1/500 second

Aperture Priority EV -1/3, Center-weighted Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

I was frustrated trying to shoot the few Glossy Ibis I saw, as they remained within fairly dense vegetation much of the time, making a clear shot difficult.
 

White Ibis Flock Overhead

Image # 2378

Eco Pond at Flamingo

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 100/f2.8 USM Macro

ISO 200, f/4, 1/500 second

Aperture Priority, Center-weighted Metering

Handheld


 

White Ibis Pair in Flight

Image # 2380

Eco Pond at Flamingo

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 100/f2.8 USM Macro

ISO 400, f/4, 1/1000 second

Aperture Priority, Center-weighted Metering

Handheld


 

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Image # 2435

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L, 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/800 second

Aperture Priority EV -1/3, Center-weighted Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

This Grebe was quite far away, in harsh sun, but did put on a nice 'show' for me.
 

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Image # 2436

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L, 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/800 second

Aperture Priority EV -1/3, Center-weighted Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Juvenile Osprey

Image # 2397

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L, 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/4, 1/250 second

Aperture Priority EV -2/3, Center-weighted Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

This shot was taken from the Tram, which had slowed some, but was still moving.  No opportunity to get out and change the vantage point to eliminate the stick on the left.
 

Snowy Egret

Image # 2387

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 100-400L at 400 mm

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250 second

Aperture Priority EV +1 1/3, Partial Metering

Handheld


 

Roseate Spoonbill

Image # 2440

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L, 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/200 second

Aperture Priority, Center-weighted Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

I had very few chance to see or shoot any Roseates; this one was quite fair away, and in glaring mid-day sun.  Maybe better opportunities next time....
 

Tree Swallow

Image # 2361

Eco Pond at Flamingo

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 600L, 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/320 second

Aperture Priority, Center-weighted Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Juvenile White Ibis Flock

Image # 2383

Shark Valley

Everglades National Park, FL

Canon 100-400L at 400 mm

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Aperture Priority, Center-weighted Metering

Handheld