Maybe it was the wind. Maybe it was mating season. I don’t know why so many of the birds we saw at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands had mohawks! It made for some interesting photos though.
Located in Melbourne, Florida, this water reclamation constructed wetlands is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. The wetlands are home to a variety of different birds and tons of alligators. A gravel road makes a number of loops around the area, allowing visitors to explore from the safety of their cars. We opted to walk the roads. The second time we visited, that was the only option as the area was temporarily closed to vehicles. The alligators didn’t seem to mind us walking by them. I would recommend keeping your distance from them, just to be safe.
There were baby birds and birds without mohawks to photograph as well.
If you decide to visit the wetlands, take water, sunscreen and a hat if you intend to walk around. We only found two shaded spots in the entire area. We don’t know all the names of the birds we photographed, so if you know what the ones didn’t label, let us know what they are!