We also encountered an adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) and what appeared to be its fledgling. Both flushed from the shallow water at the swamp's edge with the fledgling landing midway up the canopy and the adult landing on the handrail of the boardwalk. As we were taking images of the adult, a Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) called as it flew overhead. Though herons are not even a possibility on the kite's dinner menu (mostly insects with an occasional bat, amphibian or lizard), the adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron took a keen interest in the kite's presence.
Just past #15, we arrived at a Golden Silk Orbweaver's (Nephila clavipes) web shortly after a moth had blundered into it. The large female was in the process of dispatching and wrapping up her meal. The considerably-smaller male remained at the top of the web and appeared interested in the meal, but maintain his distance as not to become part of the meal! The female will continue to grow throughout the summer reaching an arachnophobe's nightmare proportions.