FLORIDA – COLLIER COUNTY – Bird Rookery Swamp Trail
Photo Experience: This was my second trip to this area. (My first was in January 2015.) Although there were just a few birds in the pond by the parking lot, I did find this spot, once again, to be a worthwhile location. After walking ¼ mile north from the parking lot, I turned right (east) and walked to the point where the trail turns sharply left (north) at a private lake. (The first 1,800 feet were along a boardwalk.) In this 1.2 miles, I saw alligators (2 females and about 20 young), lots of ibises, a snake, several red-shouldered hawks, and, quite surprisingly, some fallen maple leaves still dressed in their fall finery.
Other Info: To get there: From I-75, take Exit 111 and head east on Immokalee Road (County Road 846). Go 11.4 miles and then turn left onto Shady Hollow Road. At the end of Shady Hollow Road (approximately 2 miles), the parking lot will be on the right. There are several portable toilets in the area. No fee is charged, but donations are accepted.