I did get some pictures I was happy enough with, especially when one bird had the good grace to perch in a nearby tree.
Later we toured the Elan Valley, where spring was also in the air.
The vegetation included wild oranges,
poison ivy (somehow I expected something a bit more spectacular)
as well as several epiphytes lodged in the trees - air plants,
and what I believe was called Cardinal Wild Pine
In a nearby pond was a largemouth bass
and then a kind local pointed us down a track to a small pond with a large alligator on (thankfully) the far side. We saw quite a few wild 'gators, but somehow this one felt the most wild.
Maybe it was the duckweed!
The Black Point Wildlife Drive was better than I expected, although one of my enduring memories was the American guy with the big lens SLR perched high on the back of his convertible, directing his wife in minute detail as to how she should position the car so he could get the best shot!
As well as a host more 'gators, which seemed to be the main attraction to most of the visitors, there was a good range of birds:
Male Roseate Spoonbill
and the less in-your-face coloured female
Green Backed Heron
and female Anhingas,