At the far end of Everglades National Park, we set up camp at the Flamingo campground. The name is a misnomer though since there are no flamingos to be found there at all.
We rose bright and early and set out in our rented canoe to check out the bay while it was still calm and cool. I was delighted when we paddled away from the marina and around the corner to discover that the pelicans nest in the mangroves unseen from the harbour. We were able to paddle up silently and admire them from below.
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You would think after two months in Florida I would have had my fill of pelicans, but they are one of my favourite birds. I love watching them fly so gracefully. But even more I love watching them take off or land in their awkward manner, bumbling and stumbling, making you wonder how they can fly at all.