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The Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Surrounding Areas



Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw Delta is the second largest delta in the United States and is sometimes called America's "Amazon".
It is made up of the great Mobile and Alabama River systems and contains one of the wold's most diverse aquatic environments.
It encompasses approximately 260,000 acres in a 40-by-10-mile area of marshes, cypress-tupelo swampland and bottomland hardwood environments.

It is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the southeastern U.S. including 126 species of fish, 46 mammals, 69 reptiles,
30 amphibians and at least 300 species of birds, including more than 110 which nest in the region.
The Delta is also a host to a wide diversity of plants including rare orchids and lilies.

The delta is among the greatest global hot spots for endemism, that is species that exist nowhere else on earth.

The photos below chronicle the observations we made with our friends, Christa and Tom Straub,
as we traveled only a small portion of this vast area as well as Pitcher Plant Bogs and other adjacent wildlife viewing areas.
Many of the images were taken from an airboat, courtesy of Geoff and Brittany Woodliff of Delta Airboat Express, Spanish Fort, Alabama

Click on "original" size for each image for highest resolution and viewing quality.



Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Orange Milkwort
Orange Milkwort
White-topped Pitcher Plants
White-topped Pitcher Plants
White-topped Pitcher Plant Flower
White-topped Pitcher Plant Flower
White-topped Pitcher Plant Flower
White-topped Pitcher Plant Flower
Georgia Satyr
Georgia Satyr
Georgia Satyr
Georgia Satyr
Meadow Beauty
Meadow Beauty
Bachman's Sparrow
Bachman's Sparrow
Bachman's Sparrow
Bachman's Sparrow
Unidentified Plant
Unidentified Plant
Argyrostrotis deleta Moth
Argyrostrotis deleta Moth
Seepage Dancer Damselfly
Seepage Dancer Damselfly
Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
White-topped Pitcher Plants
White-topped Pitcher Plants
Yellow Meadow Beauty
Yellow Meadow Beauty
Cross-leaf Milkwort
Cross-leaf Milkwort
Insect Larval Sac
Insect Larval Sac
Pitcher Plant Field
Pitcher Plant Field
Trio of Purple Pitcher Plants
Trio of Purple Pitcher Plants
Purple Pitcher Plant
Purple Pitcher Plant
Sweet Bay Magnolia
Sweet Bay Magnolia
Purple Passion Flower
Purple Passion Flower
Yellow Salsify
Yellow Salsify
Purple Passion Flower with Cucumber Beetle
Purple Passion Flower with Cucumber Beetle
Barred Yellow Butterfly
Barred Yellow Butterfly
Needham's Skimmer
Needham's Skimmer
Rambur's Forktail Damselfly
Rambur's Forktail Damselfly
Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Common Moorhen Adult and Chick
Common Moorhen Adult and Chick
Common Moorhen Chicks
Common Moorhen Chicks
Moorhen Chick
Moorhen Chick
Common Moorhen Chick
Common Moorhen Chick
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Osprey Nest
Osprey Nest
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Pickerelweed
Pickerelweed
Pickerelweed
Pickerelweed
Four-spotted Pennant Dragonfly
Four-spotted Pennant Dragonfly
Lizard's Tail
Lizard's Tail
Purple Gallinule on Nest
Purple Gallinule on Nest
Eastern Pondhawk (Male)
Eastern Pondhawk (Male)
American Lotus
American Lotus
American Lotus
American Lotus
Spider Lily
Spider Lily
Spider Lily
Spider Lily
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator (Juvenile)
American Alligator (Juvenile)
Elderberry
Elderberry
Duck Potato
Duck Potato
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper
White-top Sedge
White-top Sedge
Eastern Pondhawk Female
Eastern Pondhawk Female
Eastern Pondhawk Male
Eastern Pondhawk Male
Trumpet Creeper
Trumpet Creeper
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
Seaside Dragonlet Male
Seaside Dragonlet Male
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Laughing Gull
Laughing Gull
Laughing Gull
Laughing Gull
Savannah Meadowbeauty
Savannah Meadowbeauty
Blue Dasher
Blue Dasher
Stoke's Aster
Stoke's Aster
Pipewort
Pipewort
Southern Pearly-eye
Southern Pearly-eye
Citrine Forktail
Citrine Forktail
White-topped Pitcher Plants
White-topped Pitcher Plants
Yellow Pitcher Plant
Yellow Pitcher Plant
Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer
Common Five-lined Skink
Common Five-lined Skink
Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow
Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow
Butterfly Milkweed
Butterfly Milkweed
Buttonbush
Buttonbush