Just can't stay away from this place. It is so beautiful here, and you can see something different each time you come. This time, I was able to get fairly close to a red-shouldered hawk:
Next was a pileated woodpecker. He was extremely noisy, tearing into a small tree and removing bark to find bugs. Doesn't he have a gorgeous head?
As I was walking quietly along a section of the boardwalk, I heard a lot of splashing and looked over about 6 feet into an area of logs and shallow water. A young raccoon was using his "hands" to feel into the muck for a meal. Twice he brought something up and crunched it down--probably a crawfish from the sounds of it. At least it had to be something with a shell of some sort because a fish would not be so crunchy. He was young and did not even seem to notice me standing so close above him. Cute little guy, anyway.
On the way out, I also heard the "Who-who hoo-hoo" from a barred owl He is very hard to see because a leaf is covering his face:
And finally, I took a picture of a very pretty fern. I was told it was a royal fern and verified that on the internet. It was about 3 feet high and wide, and had distinctive spikes on top.
I am getting very frustrated with my camera. I bought it as a replacement for the one that broke last July and spent $250 on it. Problem is that it has no viewfinder, and I find it very difficult to use because I cannot see on the screen what I am aiming at, especially in the sun. I am going to look for another one online and do more research before I decide what to do.
I enjoyed my more than three-hours walking through the Corkscrew today. It is the one place in Florida where people whisper and walk very quietly. It was only about 73 today with a cool breeze, so it felt good to be outdoors.