Monday, November 12, 2012

Corkscrew Swamp

One of the reasons my husband and I always liked to visit the Fort Meyers, Florida region where my in-laws lived was because of the terrific birding opportunities. One of the places we loved to visit is the Audubon managed Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Corkscrew Swamp has two loop trails, one inner and one outer. The two trails traverse several different kinds of ecosystems. This one pictured is a small freshwater pond that is home to American Alligators. The ponds can get quite dry, almost just a mud pit and the alligators will find a way to stay.

The birds in the above photograph include Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, and an Anhinga. They are dining fairly well, almost competing for the tidbits they are picking up.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is one of the nesting spots for the wood stork, which may or may not nest depending on the water levels that are affected by upstream diversion and use.

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