|Burrowing Owl that lives in a subdivision across from a school in Cape Coral, Florida,|
where around 1000 owls nest among houses and other buildings.
Birders roam the subdivision looking for the owls.
|Same Burrowing Owl, different angle, on his burrow near the stop sign.|
While reading, I began to think about how every opportunity I had to see wildlife was essentially reconstructed, not at all in it's natural state. Even the Corkscrew Swamp native forest: one views it from a boardwalk! I had already been thinking that there's virtually nothing natural and untouched in Florida, though there are many birds, trees, animals, and beautiful wetlands. I decided to find and post the photos I took that captured this collision of man and nature.
|Whistling ducks and an ibis with a chain link fence that|
protects a sewage settling pond.
|A painted bunting at a feeder in Corkscrew Swamp.|
|At the wildlife refuge on Sanibel Island ospreys nest on the|
|A raccoon scavenging people's trash on the beautiful white sand beach.|
|Airboat ride in the Everglades: cormorants roosting on a channel marker.|
|Very few Florida panthers survive. Sometimes I wondered|
if there was one panther crossing sign for each of them.
|In Big Cypress preserve, one sees the unspoiled forest from the boardwalk.|
|Sign for another boardwalk near Flamingo in the Everglades.|
|The Celery Fields near Sarasota is a beautiful wetland, |
restored for flood control and wildlife after many years as agricultural land.
|At the famous Anhinga Trail: a crow waiting for crumbs from our lunch.|