Friday, March 18, 2011

Corkscrew Herons

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, run by the National Audubon Society, is a must-see attraction for  visiting birders.  The preserve, located a few miles west of Naples, Florida, contains a two-mile boardwalk through a pristine cypress swamp.  A reduced entrance fee is charged for Audubon members. Most birds allow close approach, like the Little Blue Heron above. Audubon volunteers man the walkway and can answer some of the questions you may ask.  Images of birds, like the Great Egret below, even reflect from the swamp waters. I have read that no two trips to Corkscrew are similar, and Erika and I found this statement to be true.  Visits in 2010 and this year yielded different bird lists.

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