The LIMPKIN is another mostly Florida bird. According to one of my books, it is local only here and in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp.
Snails are their main food source ... and the limpkins were right in the middle of lunch when we spotted them last month.
We saw this bird for the first time about three years ago at Lake Trafford and couldn't figure out what they were. I posted my pictures on World Bird Wednesday (this meme's predecessor) and got IDs in several comments. That was wonderful.
And when we saw these last month at Circle B Bar Preserve and someone asked if anyone knew what this bird was, I felt like an expert -- all thanks to knowledgeable bloggers!
They might not be as showy as some of our other Florida favorites, but I just love the spiky looking feather patterns.
I take a lot of pictures of herons and egrets patiently fishing ... and always hope I'll get a picture of one with a successful catch. It was almost the complete opposite with these guys ... I had to work hard to catch one without food in its mouth!
FOR: WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY, hosted by STEWART. Thank you to him and also to all the great bird photographers who link with WBW. I learn so much from this virtual community.