little ‘gator on a log
A little alligator maybe a year old finds a spot of sunlight penetrating the cypress canopy in a swamp.
pair of owls
Dusk settles over a cypress swamp as a pair of barred owls prepare for an evening hunt.
An otter takes a moment to rest while diving for crayfish in the depths of a cypress swamp in Southwest Florida. Not only is it hard work poking around cypress knees in the murky waters, but otters need to be on constant alert for alligators.
fishing Tricolored heron
Tricolored heron hunting fish in a shallow swamp.
Preening after a walk in the swamp. Roseate spoonbill in Southwest Florida.
A White ibis watches for its next meal from a perch above Corkscrew Swamp.
Roadblock. Alligator lingers on a backcountry trail in SW Florida.
Hikers pause along the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Bird Rookery Trail in NE Naples, Florida. Sunning alligators are common along the trail. Most will move from the trail when approached, but some are more reluctant.
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.
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.