Saturday, July 11, 2015

Corkscrew Creatures

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Since I posted a green heron from our 2014 excursion in Corkscrew Swamp last week, I thought it would be timely to post some of the critters we saw this year. In 2015. We didn't see one green heron this year though!

 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is the most peaceful of Florida boardwalks. But you won't have it to your self. (Unfortunately there's other tourists) You'll share it with all kinds of critters big and small. Seen and unseen. Heard and unheard. Look up and you'll see a pileated headed wood peckers doing some damage in the tree tops.

And spider webs reflecting the morning light.

Ibis will be high up above. And below.

An old wood stork might look down from above.

Delicate swamp petals will delight.

Fringed and feathered white egrets will patrol the swamp.

Alligators will bellow from below. This one really did!

Great blue herons will sneak up on a snack.

A wood stork might do the old bait and switch.

Is this an anhinga? I barely recognize him when he isn't drying his wings. You'll see him.

A handsome yellow crowned night heron could possibly, sluggishly troll through the muck.

A little blue heron might pick and peck around.

Another white egret might pose for your camera. 

And a second blue heron will wait beautifully in a tree.

And there's black snakes. For Heaven's sakes alive!


eileeninmd said...

Hello Sharon, Awesome post and critters. Corkscrew is another great spot in Florida. I love all the birds and critters. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Have a happy weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

A wonderful post with all the birds but the snake - yikkes! Have a lovely weekend.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the tour of Corkscrew, one of our favorite places and one we inexplicably didn't get to this past season. Your photos are almost as good as being there.

Linda Hensley said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Your photos are wonderful -- and I can enjoy the wildlife without swatting swamp bugs :)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful creatures, great variety.

DJan said...

So very beautiful! I especially love that first white egret, with the delicate feathers. But they are all wonderful. Thanks for making my morning even better! :-)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great shots, Sharon! As always, I admire the snake pic. Not so easy for me to find!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful nature shots ~ that rare view of the egret is awesome!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Marie C said...

A wonderful cornucopia of critters! :-) Loved your beautiful photographs! Wow!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful photos of all the birds. The snake is beautiful but kind of scary.

Anni said... shared some wonderful bird images!!! That red-headed woodpecker at the top looks so much like the pileated I have on my 'wish list' for spotting and photograhing. Lucky you.

The snake and aligator...well, that can stay in Florida but the rest of the beautiful feathered ones can come visit me any ol' time!!!

Andy Wilson said...

The photo of the egret with his back feathers look like a white gown. That's a very nice and different photo.

mick said...

A great series of photos with so many wonderful birds - and other creatures! I especially like the yellow crowned night heron.

Adam Jones said...

That last Blue Heron is stunning.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful array of swamp denizens!

Anonymous said...

A wonderful series of shots.

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Its always a delight seeing your beautiful clicks. Black snakes, wow! Here in India, they say, it's lucky to spot one

bettyl-NZ said...

What a wonderful variety of lovely creatures. They are just gorgeous to see.

EG CameraGirl said...

Your photos show so much character!