Nature,  Wildlife

Florida Nature Photography – Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a 3,400 acre preserve located in Fort Myers, Florida.  The preserve has 1.2 miles of boardwalk along a lake and thru a freshwater swamp.

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Six Mile Cypress Slough has a variety of birds and wildlife.  I saw and photographed a variety of wading birds including up close views of Great Egrets, Ibis, Anhinga, Cormorants, and a Great Blue Heron.

I've been told there is a barred owl in the huge cypress tree about halfway around the boardwalk.  However, we didn't see him while we were there.

We also saw a variety of songbirds while we were in the slough.  I photographed a Prairie Warbler, Black and White Warbler, and a Tuffed Titmouse.  The slough would be a good place to photograph during the spring bird migration.

Anhinga and Turtle Reflection

Anhinga and Turtle Reflection

There is also a variety of wildlife in the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve including alligators, snakes, turtles, and lizards.

We were at the slough in the late afternoon and it was rather crowded.  However, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a good place to visit during bright sunlight as the boardwalk is primarily in the shade.

Brown Anole Lizard

Brown Anole Lizard

There is a $1 per hour parking fee ($5 max for the day) at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, but no entrance fee.  The machine where you purchase the parking permits can be quite finicky. A couple people gave up trying to feed their money in to the machine and left the slough. There are restroom facilities at the preserve.

The address for Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is 7751 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, Florida.

Written by Martin Belan

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