By Vladimir Brezina

Mischievous? Thieving is more like it.

Everywhere in our travels through the Florida Everglades, we encountered creatures that wanted something from us.

There were the mosquitoes, of course. But there were larger creatures too. The campsite in Fort De Soto Park, at the start of the Everglades Challenge, was infested with raccoons that, as soon as the sun went down, prowled through the camp without fear in search of food.

But the worst were the crows, those famously mischievous birds. Almost everywhere, as soon as our back was turned, there was a crow trying to fly off—sometimes successfully—with that apple or bag of cookies.

Here are some of the crows that laid siege to us as we were repacking our boats in Flamingo

Expectant crows

And then there are the black vultures of Flamingo,  which—as signs in the parking lot warn—have acquired a distinct taste for the rubber lining around car windows…

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Mischievous.

9 responses to “Mischievous

  1. Those crows look pretty ominous actually, like they’re working as a team. Gulp.


  2. How did Johna keep them out of her lunch? They’re pretty bold and her sitting there wouldn’t be enough to deter them.



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  4. Cheeky, cheeky birds. I hope you were quicker than them. Or maybe they were just being friendly :D


  5. Great subject for the theme. We have a similar problem with seagulls here in Cardiff. They have got so bad that in some parts of the city you can’t eat outside restaurants because they fly down and take the food off your plate. There are warning signs up in Cardiff Bay because children have been hurt by the birds!


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