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A Rarely Seen Limpkin

I spotted this Limpkin at the shoreline of Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on Saturday evening at dusk.  The Limpkin is a wading bird that is unique as it is not related to the other types of wading birds although it does resemble the rails and the bittern (and even juvenile Green Herons).  These birds primarily eat aquatic snails with Apple Snails being preferred.  This is the first Limpkin I have seen at Lake Paradise but I had seen one on the nearby Lake Miramar just across the highway, several months ago on three occasions.

Limpkin are mostly active at night and are very shy.  This particular bird was standing on a concrete culvert on the immediate shoreline about twenty feet from the multi-modal (golf carts, bicycles and pedestrians) pathway leading to the Silver Lake Village neighborhood.  I am thrilled to have seen the bird and photographed it.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Rarely Seen Limpkin" (3)

  1. Hello, The LImpkin is a great bird. I enjoyed seeing them in Florida too. Great photos.
    Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  2. Neat that you got to see this bird –since they love to stay hidden!!! You got a great picture.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  3. Nice capture and great photos!

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