We started at the fishing pier at 40 Acre Lake and spotted a group of four baby gators as soon as we stepped on the boardwalk.
Four larger alligators were lurking nearby.
A Pied-billed Grebe paid us no attention as it fished in the shallow water.
A stroll around the lake turned up 16 more alligators and lots of Red-eared Sliders.
However, there were surprisingly few birds. The trail had a few Lincoln's and Savannah Sparrows and the occasional Little Blue Heron and White Ibis.
The water had groups of American Coots, Common Gallinules, Pied-billed Grebes and Blue-winged Teal but only a handful of big waders: a Great Blue Heron, a Tricolored Herons, a Snowy Egret or two, and a Great Egret.
Great Blue Heron
Creekfield Lake had more water than 40 Acre and had scores of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. Unfortunately, they were all too far away to photograph.
The trees around Elm Lake held American Crows and a solitary Red-shouldered Hawk while the little water remaining had American Coots and Common Gallinules. An Eastern Phoebe was flycatching from reeds in the water. Just before we left, I noticed a flash of red in the bushes by the water's edge. I hurried over and had good views of one of my favorite birds, a male Vermilion Flycatcher.