MAT MARTIN | Field Recording – Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, May 05 2018

24 May, 2018, 14:00

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, May 05 2018 (i)

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in North Naples comprises 2.5 miles of boardwalk though part of a much larger reserve.

These recordings were all taken within an hour of one another, reflecting a variety of habitats from open fields to dense Cypress swamps opening into what would have been large lakes, although in early May the rainy season was yet to come and the wetlands were becoming increasingly dry. Groups of small fish lay convulsing in lakes which had been reduced to damp patches, surrounded by patient Black Vultures and young Alligators.

On these walks we saw an abundance of waders: Great and Snowy Egret, Great Blue and Green Heron, White Ibis, Limpkin, Wood Stork, even a Roseate Spoonbill. Smaller songbirds were very present too, including the Northern Waterthrush, Carolina Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Cardinal and American Redstart. We were surrounded by the laughing calls and repeated drills of both Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpecker, and the mewing of several Red-shouldered Hawks.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, May 05 2018 (ii)

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, May 05 2018 (iii)