Rotary Park in Cape Coral, Florida is located in a large mangrove estuary and is also on the Florida birding trail. The park has over a mile of walking trails. Some of the trails are paved, but most are not paved.
The unpaved trails branch off of the main paved trail and lead around the wetlands and several ponds. I photographed several song birds and some Ibis right off the paved trail. The birds that I saw and photographed off of the main trail were: Palm Warblers, Northern Mockingbirds, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a group of Wild Parrots.
Walk the unpaved trails to photograph waterfowl and wading birds in the ponds and marsh areas. The shorelines and smooth water of the ponds make for good photographs of the reflections of ducks and wading birds.
There were also quite a few butterflies flying around on the unpaved trails. Rotary Park also has a butterfly garden near the information center. Also keep an eye out for lizards on the trails. They make good subjects on the natural backgrounds.
There is also a dog park in Rotary Park, but the dogs are in a separate penned off area and didn't seem to bother the birds.
The Glover Bight trail is a boardwalk that leads through the mangroves to the mouth of the Caloosatchee River. The Glover Bight trail is located down Rose Garden Road to the left from the main part of Rotary Park. The boardwalk is a great place to photograph the Green Anole Lizard.
The address for Rotary Park is 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, FL 33914.
Written by Martin Belan
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