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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

 

Sweetwater Wetlands Park: Birding and Nature Viewing with Photos and Map

Alachua County

Gainesville, Florida

Entry Fee: $5 per vehicle

Official Website

Traffic: Heavy

 

You won't identify this many birds just anywhere!

 

Sweetwater Wetlands Park doesn't offer great hiking. What it does offer is a three and a half of wheelchair accessible strolling with some of the best wetlands birding opportunities you will find in Gainesville or all of central Florida. Those couple of miles can take you hours if you stop to absorb the sites and take each of the visually absorbing and peaceful boardwalks.

 

No fishing, biking, horseback riding, or even are permitted here. The wetlands and ponds of this 125-acre territory are designed for water preservations and ecological purposes by the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs division of the City of Gainesville. I arrived on a weekend in January during the height of migratory bird season in Florida. Even then, with the parking lot nearly full, I could find myself meeting fellow nature lovers one moment but quite alone amid the wetlands and ponds the next.

 

This is purely an ecological park, seemingly open to the public at the discretion of the city. Walk, enjoy, take pictures, but do not attempt to otherwise interact with your surroundings or go exploring off designated areas. There are eyes on you.

 

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Trail Map - PDF Map of Trail

 

Interactive Map of trail at AllTrails Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

 

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks gather by the hundreds

 

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

 

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Blue Heron taking off from pond

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings in flight

 

American Coot

American Coot or Mud Hen, out for a swim in the pond

 

Limpkin

This limpkin with long, orange beak and speckled, brown plumage swoops down upon the boardwalk just to say hello

 

American coots, black bellied whistling ducks, and white ibis seen here call the pond home along with other birds.

 

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks gathered and taking flight

 

 

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Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Bryan Lindenberger
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Trail Map of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Limpkin (Aramus Guarauna)

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Great Blue Heron taking off

Great Egret

White Ibis

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana - with bald head and black tipped wings

American Coot

Limpkin

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images