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Screech owl hideaway

A Screech Owl finds refuge in a hollow tree, napping by day while waiting for dusk to return to this corner of cypress swamp.

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purple gallinule

Aka Blue Peter, Mud Hen, Pond Chicken, Bonnet-walker…. A Purple Gallinule climbs among stalks of Alligator Flag searching for berries. A year-round resident of swamps in SW Florida.

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the perch

A Wood stork alights on a pine snag at the edge of a swamp. A big bird with a 60-inch wingspan, it is hard to miss as it glides above the trees.

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morning at sawgrass marsh

Florida. A Swallow-tailed kite glides above a sawgrass marsh in dissipating fog. Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed of Southwest Florida.

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fishing Tricolored heron

Tricolored heron hunting fish in a shallow swamp.

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Roseate spoonbill

Preening after a walk in the swamp. Roseate spoonbill in Southwest Florida.

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White ibis

A White ibis watches for its next meal from a perch above Corkscrew Swamp.

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Tricolored heron

Tricolored heron, preening. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

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Kites in the sky

Swallow-tailed kites have left the skies over Florida, sailing for the tropics. I look forward to their return in the spring.

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Sandhill crane

Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis, on the edge of a citrus grove. The hollow, rattling call is pleasant reminder that the Florida backcountry is brimming with life.

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