Prey Concentration and more art by Mark Cook

Prey Concentration , 2021
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

A feeding bonanza for ibises, storks, and herons in a drying slough in the central Everglades. During Florida’s winter dry-season, water depths slowly decline in the ridge and slough landscape such that fish, crayfish and other aquatic prey animals become concentrated at high densities in the shallow, drying sloughs. These fish buffets are ephemeral, lasting only a week or so before drying up or being fished out, and wading birds need to continuously track new foraging patches as they become available across the slowly drying landscape. For successful nesting, birds need a combination of appropriate depths and rates of drying to provide a continuous source of foraging patches across the Everglades landscape throughout the nesting season.

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other works by Mark Cook

Location, Location, Location, 2021
48 x 72 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

The Nonconformist, 2021
32 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Nocturnal Glow, 2021
20 x 36 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Intertidal Beauty, 2021
55 x 84 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

The Art of Foraging, 2020
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)


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