The Story Behind this Photo

My first visit to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. was a warm March day. It was part of a string of 90-degree days and I arrived around noon. As I walked through the first mile of the boardwalk I worried animals would be hiding out due to the extreme early spring heat.

When I came to the lettuce lakes I realized there was no need for concern. The lakes, deepened by a few nights of rain, were a cornucopia of egrets, herons, wood storks, snakes, turtles, and gators.

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The 6-foot gator in this picture swam from one side of the lake to the other. He wasn’t alone, though. The egret followed the gator and called out its position. Every time the alligator moved, the bird would follow, sounding the warning for other birds, turtles, and mammals. So, while this might seem like an opportunity for the alligator to snag a snack, this egret seemed to know exactly what it was doing.

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