The swamp is a marvelous canvas of quiet flowing water, exotic bird calls, and tall trees that drape over the water in every direction. Spanish moss hangs from oaks, and bald cypress knees sprout up out of the water - sometimes 4 ft high. We listened for the tell-tale Ivory-bill "kent" call or the "double-knock" as we ever so slowly made our way down the channel toward the mammoth and enveloping Choctawhatchee River.
We searched the landscape for sounds and for trees that would indicate the nest hole of an Ivory-bill. Tanner wrote in his 1942 Research Report that Ivory-bills were found feeding in the pine woods bordering the cypress swamps. So, we looked for evidence of feeding among the trees as we made our way down the channel.