Park experts, like higher water levels. They create more food for birds, specially during nesting time. This Great Egret is happy, higher water is no problem. I noticed that there were not that many birds in the park this year, may be they didn't get the memo about the extra water.
Gators love to sun themselves, the higher water levels reduces the spaces where they can enjoy the sun. This one is using part of the hiking trail and he doesn't care.
The Everglades is not all water marshes, there are tropical hardwood hammocks scatter throughout the park. Mahogany hammock is one of my favorite trails in the park, it doesn't feel like you are in the Everglades.
Flamingo is the end of the paved road in the park, next to Florida bay, and where you find plenty of Osprey birds.