Friday, January 11, 2013

1/10 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

This is one of my favorite spots anywhere. It is a 13,000 acre wildlife sanctuary owned by the Audabon Society. I have been there several times over the past 30 years.  Sometimes it has a lot of water in it and sometimes less.  This time it was fairly dry, so there were not as many birds fishing.  Plus the warm weather meant that alligators were not sunning themselves to get warm. 

Here are a few birds we did see.  The first are a pair of white ibis perched on the boardwalk handrail.

And one of a pair of golden-crowned night herons perched in a tree.

A very pretty little blue heron walking around looking for a snack.

And a red-shouldered hawk on the top of a tree.

Here is a little green tree frog.  He looks big, but he was less than an inch long!

I found some flowers also.  The first are swamp lilies, the second are lance-leaf arrowheads.

I think the next ones are some sort of arrowheads and the last yellow flowers are primroses, possibly evening primroses.

Finally, there were two ferns, neither of which I was able to identify.  The first one was large and had leathery looking leaves.  The second was much smaller and more delicate looking.

This last fern may have been a resurrection fern, but I am not sure.  There were very small and delicate.

There were a lot of air plants in the swamp, but this is the only good picture I took of one.  Not sure what it is called.


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