Another fan favorite at Corkscrew is the Pileated Woodpecker. They come much closer to the trail than they do in other parks. Here is a male hammering away at a cypress. You can tell it's a male by the red mustache. Females only have red on the crest.
Butterflies are also nice to see in November when we know that they are all gone from our area. Here are 2 that showed well in the swamp.
White Ibis were taking a break from feeding. I caught this one resting on a log.
Crested Caracara are interesting birds. Half hawk, half vulture, they scavenge on dead things along the roads and in farm fields in the deep south. They are quite comfortable walking and running rather than flying through the fields. We often see them on the ground which is how we saw our first Caracara in Belize - flipping cow patties with it's powerful feet to find beetles underneath (eeewww) We have since seen them many times along the road out of Corkscrew and also in NJ and DE as vagrants. We were not disappointed on this trip where Lori spotted 4 Caracaras along the road eating something that was hit by a car. I jumped into the bed of our rented pick up truck to snap some photos. This one captures the bird's field marks the best. You can see the "crest" of feathers hanging off the back of the head and the bare orange skin around the beak.
One final bird from the trip is this immature Bald Eagle that soared and circled above me while I was out at a park in Punta Gorda. He was looking right at me - kinda gave me the creeps.
I'm home for a while now - at least until Christmas.