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Address: Flamingo Visitor Center, Everglades National Park, FL
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Pond excellent for viewing nature.

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On February 12th it was outstanding, but this event is very short term. Mosquitos!!!!

You must be here at dawn to see the large numbers of birds. The large numbers of birds are present only when the water depth in the pond is lower. On about February 12th (at dawn... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
photoguywisconsin
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This fresh water pool has a good viewing area directly off the entrance as well as a trail circling the pond which in various spots offers viewing of a wide variety of birds ranging from giant herons to small shore birds. We were fortunate to see a large group of spoonbills. Along the 1/2 mile trail a quiet walker will... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You must be here at dawn to see the large numbers of birds. The large numbers of birds are present only when the water depth in the pond is lower. On about February 12th (at dawn) the birds in large numbers where present at the Eco-pond. As a photographer, it was outstanding. By the time I write this review, this... More 

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Thank photoguywisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Ecopond hike is a bird watchers paradise. The hike is short and less than one mile. Take insect repellent, especially around sundown. There are many birds here such as reddish egrets, snowy egrets, tricolor herons, little blue herons, and several duck species.

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Thank George A
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Unfortunately the salt intrusion from hurricane Wilma's storm surge have really destroyed what from all accounts was once an amazing place to observe tons of birds. Now the mosquitoes are very bad here, and the only birds I ever saw on three different days in early January were a couple of black necked stilts, an osprey, several turkey vultures, a... More 

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Thank Megan L
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Not a bird or animal to be found. Oh yeah, there were a ton of mosquitoes. Stinky too. Not worth the trip.

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Thank Dianelson
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Eco Pond used to be one of the best spots for bird photographers in the park. The 2005 hurricanes destroyed most of the nesting trees in the area. I was there the second week of October and saw very few birds. Might be better in January or February

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I had visited this site many years ago while a guest at the now defunct Flamingo lodge and was eager to retrace my past footsteps. We started walking down the trail and were suddenly enveloped in swarms of mosquitoes from all directions. Their attack became so unbearable that we couldn't even continue taking another step forward and we made a... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Seems to be very hit or miss here, with some reporting plentiful wildlife and others reporting nothing at all. There was definitely nothing to be seen on a recent trip for us. You'll find this place just down the road from the Flamingo Visitor Center, so it's worth dropping by to see if anything is going on. Not even a... More 

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Homestead, Florida
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

I will admit, I was stupid at first, but then I learned: As with anywhere in the Everglades, wear insect repellent - STRONG insect repellent. And if it seems like nothing is going on, you're being too impatient. Some days there is plenty of wildlife to see right out in the open at Eco Pond (or anywhere in the beautiful... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

This is the place to see the American croc. There is a really big one there and you can see smaller ones also.

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