Tag Archives: CorkscrewSwamp

fog on the boardwalk

Early morning along the boardwalk, birdsong in the canopy, leaves catching the fog, creating little rainfalls that patter down to cool a waking swamp.

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Scarlet hibiscus

Scarlet hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) grows in wet soil to 6-8 feet in height. Deep glossy-red flowers can be eight to twelve inches across. A beautiful accent among all the lush green of Florida’s wetlands.

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Red-shouldered hawk

I think Red-shouldered hawks have lost their fear of me here at Corkscrew, waiting patiently for my walking to disturb some lizard, or frog, or snake, at which they will swoop past to snatch in an instant. They watch with … Continue reading

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Pine flatwoods in SW Florida

Not all of Corkscrew is a swamp. Pine flatwoods in Corkscrew Sanctuary consist of palmettos, palms and pines. The habitat supports deer, bear, hogs, bobcats and panthers. Periodic fires keep this habitat healthy, burning excess underbrush and returning nutrients to … Continue reading

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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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Florida Black Bear

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Bear on a trail trips a camera trap in Corkscrew backcountry. 13,000 acres of swamp and pine flatwoods with few human visitors has created ideal habitat for the Florida Black bear.

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Limpkin

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

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The cypress and the strangler fig.

A green tapestry of vegetation, softened in the falling rain, along the boardwalk of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Strangler figs embrace an old-growth cypress resting on a bed of ferns.

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Zebra Longwing butterfly

The Zebra Longwing butterfly, (Heliconius charitonia) rests among vegetation in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. On a three to four-inch wingspan, they flutter lightly and slowly across the landscape, stopping often to sip nectar and consume pollen. The added nutrients in pollen consumption prolong their lifespan … Continue reading

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swamp walk

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. A swamp adventure through the beautiful orchid-enhanced environment of a cypress swamp, then across Hidden Lake, always on the lookout for reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

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