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Wakodahatchee Wetlands - Delray Beach, FL
Pictures & video clips from the Wakodahatchee Wetlands located in the city of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County Florida.

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Tree Full of Herons
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Anhinga On Tree
As the sun sets and the air temperature starts to drop, it seems as if the activity of the wildlife in the Wakodahatchee Wetlands escalates even more. We saw herons coming out of the foliage to rest on the boardwalk, even more of the Marsh Rabbits emerged from the forests to forage out in the open, some of the turtles crawled out of the canals and the family of raccoons made their appearance. 



 

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Young Heron
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Marsh Rabbit
Any time of the year is a great time to visit the Wakodahatchee Wetlands if you have the opportunity, but I'd recommend going during the spring or summer. That's when the colorful plant life flourishes, and the young wildlife are being born. I'll admit though, if you're not used to the heat in can be quite oppressive.
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Purple Gallinule Eating
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Fireflag Plant
Arriving early in the morning or late in the day is a good idea if you'd prefer to not melt. That's also when the "golden hour" or "magic hour" takes place during the first and last hour of sunlight each day. For a photographer this translates into better images because the sunlight is more diffuse and takes on a warmer hue.
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Purple Gallinule Head
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Mother Raccoon & Child
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3 Adolescent Raccoons
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Female Boat Tailed Grackle
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Digging For Food
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Raccoon Family
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Young Raccoon Staring
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Green Heron On Boardwalk
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Red Winged Blackbird
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Sun Setting & Clouds
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Bird Eating Small Frog
The Red Winged Black bird in the row of pictures above has a very distinctive song that you can hear by watching my Wakodahatchee Wildlife Video Clip. Also in the row above you'll see a picture of a female Boat Tailed Grackle eating a small frog while hiding out deep in the vegetation.
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Common Moorhen Swimming
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Concrete Walkway
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Three Marsh Rabbits
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Red Glowing Alligator Eyes
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Alligator Nostrils
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Florida Cooter Turtle

Wakodahatchee Wetlands Wildlife Video Clip     Wakodahatchee Raccoon Family Video Clip
 
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Heron Near Alligator
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Canal
As I alluded to earlier in this photo gallery, we witnessed some tense moments while watching the alligator waiting in the canal for a dinner opportunity. The alligator drifted towards some turtles that rapidly scampered onto the canals banks. Then it set its sights on a Great Blue Heron which approached the canal for a drink of water. The pinnacle of the experience was when we spotted the four young raccoons and their mother walking very near to the canal.
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Curious Adolescent Raccoons
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Tree Filled With Birds
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For more of my wildlife pictures take a look at my other image galleries such as the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, the Loxahatchee Everglades Airboat Ride, the San Diego Zoo, the Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary, the St. Andrews State Park, the Everglades Holiday Park Airboat Tour, the Live Gator Wrestling Show, Santa Barbara Zoo, Green Cay Wetlands, and Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.

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