I left Miami about 4 pm and headed across the Peninsula on the Tamiami Trail. A number of people told me this was the best route in all of Florida to see wildlife. As the sun went down I approached The Big Cypress Wildlife preserve and found a campsite for the night. I wanted daylight so I wouldn't miss anything.The next morning I was up before the sun and quickly ate breakfast and took off. I did not want to miss the morning flight of birds. The Trail skims the top of the Everglades and approximately 1/3 of the way across it enters The Big Cypress wildlife preserve.
As I drove back through Everglade City I parked and walked on the bridge to see if I could spot any manatees.
Anyway, every single boat had one or two birds on board to the sheer delight of the tourists.
As soon as I left the Tamiami Trail I wanted to go back. It was absolutely fascinating--wild and accessible at the same time. I also would love to get a picture of one of those cats--maybe next time.