Limpkin

I almost missed this tropical bird, a Limpkin, foraging a freshwater swamp.

Although it resembles herons and ibises in general form, the Limpkin is generally considered to be more closely related to rails and cranes.

 

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Limpkin

 

The Limpkin was hunting for apple snails (its favorite), frogs, lizards, and crustaceans.

 

Limpkin foraging

 

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“Fluffin’ the Feathers”

 

Although it resembles herons and ibises in general form, the Limpkin is generally considered to be more closely related to rails and cranes.

 

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Limpkin

 

— Photos taken in Big Cypress National Preserve.

(An update, I have taken photos before of this beautiful, tropical bird but found out that the Limpkin was still not on my lifer list.Β  Sooooo…..the Limpkin now is my #196.)

 

45 thoughts on “Limpkin

    • Thank you! I read last night that they are very shy and on the decline in population in Florida much to do with habitat loss. They are widespread in the tropics thankfully!

    • Thank you, Ted! It was just me and the Limpkin; once s/he knew I was watching, I gave it space and s/he got right back to foraging. I really enjoyed this encounter. πŸ™‚

  1. I too had not been aware of this bird Donna! Terrific captures of it in its natural environment. I always enjoy learning something new and interesting from your well written narratives!

  2. What a different looking bird. The body looks round like a turkey to me. πŸ˜‚ Nice images as it is foraging, Donna! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

    • Thank you, I am very happy we selected Everglades City for our vacation, it has been an awesome pivot point for so many parks and preserves including Big Cypress. It’s been a WOW every day everywhere we go!

  3. What a privilege! Several years birding in the swamps and I have yet to come across a Limpkin. So far, they’ve lain hidden from me. Great photos! William — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

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