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Payne's Prairie Wildlife

Gymnopedie by Eric Satie has the emotional feel of quietly walking in the park trying not to scare the wildlife.  It also helps to view at dusk and dawn.  The bison are particularly elusive and seldom seem.  We saw scrub cows through the telescope but they were too distant to photograph.

Wild horses still roam the prairie.
The fuzzy photo is linked to a page with a better photo.

The misty quality of the mare and foal is due to the fact that it was taken through a telescope at the observation tower and then digitally zoomed.

Much of the prairie is a marsh.

Too bad that there are those who litter.  They spoil the beauty of the Preserve.
The 'gator convinced us to stay out of the water and leave the trash.

There are many wild turkeys in the preserve.
C lick on photo to see a better turkey photo.

Look between the tree on the left and the sapling to see a turkey hen.  They have the ability to blend into the background.

What kind of wildlife is this?

Chris  views the Prairie from a boardwalk observation pier.

The Preserve is also a great place to view birds.  It is known for the Sandhill Crane population.

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