Since we arrived at Flamingo, it has been quite windy. Actually, that’s a GOOD thing!! When the wind is up, the bugs are down;o)) So we have been bug free since we arrived. But there are comprises to be made. As much as we would like to kayak some of the open water of Florida Bay, the winds are too strong for that. So today, we decided do the 2 hour Tree Walk with the ranger. But first, there is the Sunrise to see and a visit to Eco Pond!!
Perhaps you remember how hard Nancy tried to get a good picture of an American Kestrel when we were at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Today, as she headed from viewing the sunrise toward Eco Pond, she saw a Kestrel high in a dead tree on the side of the road.
The American Kestrel is North America’s littlest falcon.
We had heard about Strangler Figs and probably had seen one before but just didn’t know what we were looking at. Here is a picture of a Strangler Fig that has completely engulfed a Palm Tree. Can you see the Palm there in the middle??
The Ranger explained that birds eat the small figs produced by the Strangler Fig and then deposit the seeds high in the host tree. In this case the Palm Tree. The roots grow down and use the host tree for support until they reach the ground. The Strangler Fig does not kill the host tree!!