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Pileated woodpecker

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. A Pileated woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, on full alert along the Corkscrew boardwalk.

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Limpkin

A Limpkin on a limb, fluffed up to dry those beautiful, oversized feathers.

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Black-bellied Whistling-ducks

That squeaky whistle overhead usually indicates a flock of Black-bellied Whistling-ducks, Dendrocygna autumnalis, passing by. These cinnamon, black and grey ducks are becoming plentiful in Corkscrew backcountry.

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gathering of Swallow-tailed kites

A gathering of Swallow-tailed kites prepare to launch into rising thermals on a warm summer morning.

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Red-shouldered hawk

A Red-shouldered hawk, Buteo lineatus, screams by on its way to forest cover. A most common hawk of the woodlands at Corkscrew Sanctuary.

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Roseate spoonbills in flight

Four Roseate spoonbills, Platalea ajaja, sail across a Florida sky above Corkscrew Sanctuary.

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Osprey

An osprey, Pandion haliaetus, manages a fish dinner from a perch in a slash pine at the edge of Corkscrew Sanctuary.

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Yellow-crowned night heron

Yellow-crowned night heron, Nyctanassa violacea, perches in the cypress swamp of Corkscrew Sanctuary. Crustaceans and invertebrates make up a large part of their diet.

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Barred owl

Barred owl, Strix varia, is a common sight along the Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk. Their hooting call “who-cooks-for-you” is often heard, wafting through the forest at night.

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Swallow-tailed kite

Swallow-tailed kite, Elanoides forficatus, one of the most elegant birds to be seen soaring above Corkscrew Swamp. Twisting and diving from above the treetops, they hunt for grasshoppers, lizards and snakes in the vegetation below.

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