Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wading Birds of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary


White ibis.

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre sanctuary at the western end of the Everglades in southwest Florida.  It is home to the largest stand of old growth bald cypress in the country.  There is a 2-1/4 mile boardwalk leading visitors through a variety of natural environments.  Small differences in soil types, elevations and water affect the flora and fauna tremendously.  The wading birds live in the wetlands.


Great white egret.


Wood stork.


A young green heron.


Great blue heron.

27 comments:

brattcat said...

such fun going bird-watching with you. thank you for bringing us along.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love seeing all those birds, Jack. This must be a great time of year to explore the Everglades as it must be nearly bug free.

Would you believe my husband saw a great blue heron HERE a few days ago? Although it's still cold here, a few good fishing places (for herons) are now free of ice.

Kate said...

I am impressed that you can identify the different kinds of birds. These natural environments truly are gifts to explore.

oldmanlincoln said...

Very nice photos of birds that I would never get to see around here. I am lucky to see a Coopers Hawk eating a Mourning Dove.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

These look similar to some of the birds we see in Costa Rica.

Tanya Breese said...

we've been to the everglades but missed the sanctuary, darn! we camped out in some campground that didn't have electricity/hook ups...i think we were the only people in the campground...it was pretty neat!

gardenbug said...

Really enjoying these photos! Thanks!

Cezar and Léia said...

They are adorable, and you got excellent compositions!
Léia

Lowell said...

Nice shots and a nice variety. We were at Corkscrew Swamp some 20 plus years ago...walked out the boardwalk and took a bunch of photos. All film, though. I developed the film, and printed the pictures in our darkroom back then. Processing 24 pictures could take all day! And when digital came in with those first fuzzy, godawful pictures, I said it would never last. First time I've ever been wrong, I think.

RamblingRound said...

I meant Jack! LOL, but I agree with Lowell about digital photography.

Sharon said...

I'd love visiting here! What a variety of birds you've found for us.

RedPat said...

This is one of my favourite places in Florida. I always mention it to anyone going near there but I don't know if many take the trip. It was wonderful to see these pics, Jack!

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures of these guys, Jack! They certainly aren't at a loss for "bills" are they!!! Such a great place to spend time!! Enjoy your day -- or what's left of it!!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Great pictures Jack.

Thanks for Show and tell.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Amazing creatures, the wood stork in particular! Super series of shots Jack.
p.s. sorry to disappoint you about the flip flops (thongs) :)

VP said...

An interesting set of 'portraits', this place is a bird watching gold mine!

Mo said...

I love that first shot

Halcyon said...

Lots of beauties Jack! If I am reborn as an animal, I'd like to come as a bird. :)

Kay said...

This sounds like a wonderful spot for walking and a perfect spot for photography by the looks of it. I don't think I've ever seen an ibis or a stork "in the feather" so these shots in particular are very cool.

cieldequimper said...

This is so much better than an encyclopaedia for a city girl...

Dianne said...

What a wonderful walk through the wet-lands and we didn't even get our feet wet.

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Oh, beautiful! I love that first shot.

Virginia said...

We drove across the Everglades once from Ft. Lauderdale to Marco Island. We even smelled it burning every season. It's a wild and wonderful place. I was only taking awful photographs of my two girls at that point. Lucky you for catching these great birds Jack.
V

Bob Crowe said...

Is there a wine bar?

Nice nature shots. Birds are a tough subject. They don't stand still and keep ducking behind things.

Randy said...

That first one made me think of Jimmy Durante.

JM said...

Great set of bird shots! I hope I can visit the Everglades someday. It's one of those places I know I will love.

William Kendall said...

Amazing birds. I'd love to visit that part of Florida someday.