My husband came home a few days ago and told me he’d seen 2 Limpkins at the end of our road, in the canal. I was photographing the Eastern Amberwing and was afraid it would leave before I got a good picture, and by the time I got there they were gone.
I have been riding my bike, everyday, along the canals. This is one of them. You can see a Blue Heron wading. There was a small gator here also, but it submerged.
The Limpkin is a wading bird. Look at the length of it’s toes. They make for easy walking on water plants.
It’s a very pretty bird. Hard to notice since it blends in so well. I have some better pictures of a Limpkin on www.riverwildlife.blogspot.com. But this one is close to home. First one I’ve seen.
We’ve always thought of this bird as the “Elusive Limpkin”, since that is how it is referred to in the St Johns River guide that we use. From a distance you probably wouldn’t even notice it. The Herons and Egrets are so easy to spot, that you tend to over look this beautiful bird.