Monday, July 23, 2007

Tracks Everywhere!

The falling water level has left in the swamp a palette of exposed mud upon which the many creatures of the Francis Beidler Forest have left their marks. One image shows where a snake spent some time coiled, possibly in ambush. However, nearby tracks suggest that a bobcat or fox (tough to determine from the boardwalk) walked nearby. Is it possible that the snake became a statistic in the food chain of death?

The second image offers definitive proof that snakes have no qualms regarding their murderous image. Tracks throughout the swamp showed that raccoons, ibis, and herons were busy hunting their next meal, while numerous crayfish parts suggested that some were certainly successful.

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