Panther Island is 2,800 acres of restored wetland and upland habitats situated in the northwest corner of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's 13,000 acres. It is home to numerous plants and animals including the Florida panther and the iconic wood stork. The views expressed in user comments do not reflect the views of Audubon. Audubon does not participate in political campaigns, nor do we support or oppose candidates.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Apologies for hiatus!
Well it has been a busy few weeks of traveling and adventure! I will be sure to write about that this week. To tide you over here are some pictures from this year's dry down.
Easy prey...an otter readily snagged this invasive sailfin catfish from an isolated pond formed from the dry down in the flowway area.
The alligators are starting to congregate in the areas where the water is left as it dries up. They are actually quite curious!
Wood storks have also been taking advantage of the dry down to forage.
I know many people have a dislike of these misunderstood waste managers but I adore black vultures! This guy is a juvenile and still has a little tuft of down on his soon to be bald head.
Spoonbills have been foraging alongside wood storks during the dry down, especially in the flow way.