Video has not been digitized and is not available for online viewing.
20:18; color; silent; V-259; DA147
This is a series of short 16mm home movies shot by Ohio native and WWII veteran Frank Turosik during his travels through Florida in the early 1970s. Turosik's love of nature is obvious, as the majority of footage is of birds and other animals at wildlife refuges and nature trails. Film locations include the Gumbo Limbo Trail, Corkscrew Swamp, Everglades National Park, J. N. “Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Key West and Fort Clinch.
While the film is somewhat choppy and each segment is short, the number of bird species Turosik captured on film is impressive. Birds in the film include egrets, great blue herons, roseate spoonbills, painted buntings, ibis, anhingas, wood storks, cormorants, woodpeckers, geese and pelicans. Of particular interest are scenes of nesting wood storks and of pelicans executing near vertical dives for fish. Other animals Turosik caught on film include alligators, otters and armadillos. Turosik also captured street scenes in Key West, including shots of the Audubon House, the Fogarty Mansion, Delmonico Restaurant, Sloppy Joes, Duval Street and the Motel Key Lodge on U.S. Highway 1.
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