You may not have appreciated the picture of the grasshopper in my last posting. Unfortunately I have another gross animal for show and tell. This past week John and I visited the Calusa Nature Center, at which place there are various birds, amphibians, reptiles and alligators in captivity. We attended a talk where one of the center's employees brought out a Burmese python and a cane toad.
On Wednesday we took a tour on the wild side at Babcock Wilderness. It was a 90 minute bus ride through prairies, pine flatwoods and swamp land. The different ecosystems are part of a 90,000 acre ranch on which cracker cattle are raised. Some of them are descendents of the cattle which the Spanish brought over. The ranch is a sod farm, and it also produces honey from saw palmetto. We did see a fair amount of wildlife on our ride, course it did help that our driver threw out corn at some of our stops! We saw wild turkeys, sandhill cranes, cattle egrets, blue and green herons, wood storks, and even a flock of glossy ibis ( a first for John and I). Pictured below is a limpkin, another wading bird native mainly to Florida.