Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Photos: STA-1E with Audubon of the Everglades

I had the opportunity to visit a storm treatment area that's usually closed to the public with the Audubon of the Everglades group. If you're not familiar, storm treatment areas (STAs) are huge impounds designed to clean run-off water from local agriculture before it goes into the aquifer or the Everglades. This 6,500 acre compound is a haven for birds and other wildlife. 

Juvenile gator

Turkey vulture

Osprey with fish

One of the impounds - it's quite pretty.

Black-bellied whistling ducks

Great blue heron

Black skimmer skimming for fish

Roseate spoonbills
A flock of skimmers takes flight

Roseate spoonbill and a black-necked stilt

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