Birds and animals
leave their tracks all over the marsh. Hunters
follow tracks to find game, but even if you aren't hunting
for anything it's a good idea to keep your eyes open
for tracks of dangerous creatures.
that includes the aforementioned hunters.
The dangerous ones can
be detected by the presence
of large quantities of
empty beer containers.)
have very distinctive paw-prints. They
like to dig up turtle nests and eat the eggs, and they
also eat fish and frogs. They are very fastidious creatures,
and like to wash their food and their hands and faces
at the waters edge.
firm, wet sand at the edge of the water is the best place
to find clear prints. Other locations are too overgrown
with vegetation or have soft, loose sand that doesn't hold
a good impression.
are other forms of tracks than footprints in the sand. Hunters
often follow an animals spoor to locate it or it's home.
Spoor is a nice name for poop, in case you didn't know.
You can tell a lot about an animal from it's spoor, but
I have no great desire to photograph poop, so you will
have to learn about that somewhere else.
tracks at the edge of the water indicate that a large
wading bird has been here fishing for minnows, mussels,
crawdads and frogs.
don't know what made these interesting trails
- some kind of water bugs, with birds after them. >>>
day while pushing my boat through shallow
water we saw these tracks of a large alligator.
your cursor over the image to see the claw
and tail marks pointed out.
long trail of his tail being dragged through the sand
went on for quite a long ways. We pushed with a little
more enthusiasm after seeing this, and were very happy
to be able to get back into the boat and paddle!
the size and spacing of the claw marks we guessed this
alligator to be at least 6-7 foot long.
when we are in the boat we feel safe. When we are outside
the boat it looks very small and fragile!
are the tracks of the elusive MarshBunny. They
consist of the rinds of lemon wedges cast away after
drinking Lemon Drops.
These tracks are likely to be found almost anywhere
in the marsh, but should not be a cause for concern
as MarshBunnies are slow moving, harmless creatures
who are usually heard long before they are seen.