(Click on Photos for full screen views)
Left) A Northern Wheatear, a tundra-breeding member pf the thrush
family and rare visitor to the US appeared in Everglades National Park
in mid-September, 2006. This was probably only the sixth reported
occurence of this species in Florida, and the first time this vagrant
has appeared in the Everglades.
This adult Little Blue Heron (Right)
decided to rest on our back patio
as I took a break from planting tomatoes. September, 2006.
Wood Stork feeding , also seen from our patio the same day.
Our house, front view.
Ken caught this Largemouth Bass from our back yard.
(Right) Our house, viewed from the park
diagonally across the lake.
Click on this picture to see a scrolling panoramic view of Monaco Cove
Lake from our rear patio.
(Right) Here is another scrolling
panoramic view of our house from the southern shore of the lake.
(Left) The crusty old "Alpha" Muscovy Drake whom we call "Pato El
(Right) One of "El Presidente's" ducks with her 14 newly hatched
ducklings. Within a week, her brood had been reduced to only 4.
We witnessed one being eaten by a bass.
Others probably fell prey to turtles, raccoons, hawks,
herons and possibly alligators.
(Left) Our lake communicates with the nearby Everglades via culverts.
We only saw an alligator on two occasions, a small one about 2 feet
(Right) Sunrise can be spectacular, especially during the rainy season.
Clouds form along the Atlantic coast, about 18 miles to the east
(Left) A Green Iguana, the first I have
seen in our neighborhood.
Good swimmers, they are often mistaken for alligators.
(Right) I caught this fish on February
9, 2007 from the back yard. Surface
was very calm but bass were not taking floating lures. Switched to
floater that dives about 3 to 5 feet deep.Had very hard strike
and longer fight than larger bass usually give. Brought up
this exotic fish. Cannot find a photo that matches it.
Looks like a cichlid, perhaps some species of tilapia or guapote.
Click on the photo to bring up a close-up view of the fish.