Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Limpkin...a Florida lifer..

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes;

The Limpkin was one of my Florida lifers..we saw this bird at the Myakka River State Park. The Limpkin was one of the first birds we saw after entering the park.


The Limpkin is in the wading family and looks like a large rail but it said to be closer to the Cranes. It can be found in the wetlands and warm areas like Florida.


This bird feeds on molluscs or apple snails.


It name is derived from it's apparent limp when it walks.


We were able to watch this Limpkin for awhile, until some fishermen showed up and spooked it. I was a happy birder to add this bird to my life list.



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I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!


63 comments:

Sue said...

Congrats on spotting your first Limkin!

Lynne said...

and quite the list you have too . . . great pictures!

Karen said...

It's so much fun to spot a bird for the first time. Congratulations on the LImpkin lifer, Eileen!

Kerri said...

WOW! Awesome bird!! Congrats!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

he/she is very camouflaged ... that is amazing. sweet lookin' bird. ( :

Red Nomad OZ said...

What a COOOOOL bird! By OZ standards, it looks like a cross between a rail and a crane!!! Your great shots have captured him perfectly!

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured! Good on you!!

George said...

I'm glad you were able to add this bird to your list. You got some great pictures.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Oh, first time even for you: it must be kind of rare specie. Happy for you♡♡♡
Birds tend to be scared of me, always fly away(^^;)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

Oh you lucky girl! I'd love to see one some day. You got some good looks and nice images before he was spooked.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You Lucky Lady! I have never seen the Limpkin. Pretty bird!!

TexWisGirl said...

really awesome! i've only seen them in photos. :)

Karen said...

I'd be thrilled to add this handsome bird to my list. You got some great shots!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of this special bird. Fantastic !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It was a lifer for me a couple years ago..and I had to post it before I could figure out what it was (some of my commenters told me). I swear I looked for it in my bird books first, but didn't see it and had decided it was an immature something. Anyway, I still love seeing them!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Congrats! Very neat looking bird. I really like the feathers!

Marie said...

What an interesting bird! I really like it. It has the look of a large woodcock!

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!What a lovely bird!!Exellent shots as always!Hope you have a happy week!
Dimi..

HansHB said...

Great post, well done!

mick said...

Great photos of an amazing looking bird.

Karen said...

Thanks for showing this Eileen, I have never seen nor heard of a limkin before, beautiful photos.

Gary said...

Great find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilomn River, Canada.

Debbie said...

ooohhhh how exciting!! An interesting looking fellow!!

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful shots Eileen. I did see one of this species in CostaRica. But that was a young one. Loved it.

Kathie Brown said...

What a wonderful bird to see and add to your Life List! Congrats! I have yet to add this species to mine!

Happyone said...

what a cool bird. I've never even heard of it.

Rambling Woods said...

I have never heard of this cute bird... Michelle

CabinGirl said...

Congrats, Eileen! And great photos of this elusive bird.

Carver said...

Such an interesting looking bird. Great shot.

The Sage Butterfly said...

A wonderful bird...one I had not ever seen. Very interesting!

Sandy Carlson said...

A beauty. You are great at capturing these marvels.

prairiebirder said...

Congratulations and excellent photographs, Eileen!

Bob Bushell said...

Well done, a lifer for you, lovely.

Anna said...

Gorgeous bird, Eileen and so well captured... beautiful!
Warm greetings from Holland,
Anna :))

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of this particular bird, Eileen.
I've never seen him.
Regards, Irma

Stuart Price said...

Great name for a bird!

Maple Lane said...

How fun to add another bird to your list. I love your photos.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I would be thrilled to pieces to see this bird!!!!

Stewart M said...

Whatever they are related to, they are a remarkable looking bird.

Am I correct in thinking they eat snails?

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Arija said...

Lucky you spotted him/her with that camouflage plumage. Congrats on your lifer, always a thrill.

Carol said...

Congrats on adding another bird to your list. I've never heard of a Limpkin, I'm glad I get to see the pictures, what a cool looking bird!

Phil said...

Hi Eileen and thanks for visiting my blog during my absence in Menorca. I didn’t have full computer access on holiday so wasn’t able to visit Blogger pals at the time but I’m now in the process of catching up with everyone. Congrats on the Limpkin lifer and getting such brilliant pictures of it too. I never realised or imagined that the bird got its name like that - thanks for sharing that.

Laura said...

I've never seen this bird before... what a beauty!

Frank said...

Eileen, Congrats on this lifer. This is one species that evaded me during a trip to Florida so thanks for sharing these glorious images.

Linda Gross said...

Very nice pictures of the Limpkin!

i stora drag said...

That's why this is so interesting, when you get to see birds you didn't know exist! Thanks for showing this bird, Eileen! Nice photos too!
Greetings Pia

Chris Rohrer said...

The name and the bird are incredible!!! I loved this bird when you first presented it last year?? But these shots are top notch!! It's one that I need on any list;)

Louisette retriever said...

Wonderfull bird, and capture.
I have pleasure to walk on tour blog.Best regard from Belgium

Louisette retriever said...

Wonderfull bird,congratulation for capture and other fotos in blog, best regard from Belgium

Carletta said...

His coloring in that foliage hides him fairly well. So glad you were able to spot him. Nice captures of this life bird for you!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Oh I love seeing the Limpkin, never seen one of those...you got great close ups of this bird. looks like everyone likes your photos Eileen!

Small City Scenes said...

How exciting for you. What a interesting bird. You should be proud. MB

Linda said...

Neat looking bird!

Brian King said...

Congratulations! Great photos! I've never seen one.

SquirrelQueen said...

Congrats on another lifer!

I love your first photo of the Limpkin blending in with the grasses, it is beautiful.

Crafty Green Poet said...

always nice to see a lifer!

bailey-road.com said...

Congratulations on spotting and getting such nice shots of this bird!

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a beautiful bird. Have a great weekend!

beyondzephyr.com said...

Wow..that is fascinating and interesting looking bird

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I have never seen a Limpkin. Will be a nice one to spot some day. Have a wonderful weekend.

EG CameraGirl said...

Congrats on finding another lifer! This is a great-looking bird to add to your list.

Neil said...

Great to get a new bird.

Maria said...

I saw these too but couldn't get that close. You did a great job!