Story Behind the Photo: Limpkin

April 15, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Limpkin, Kapok Park, Clearwater, FLLimpkin

In the last year I have been introduced to many new bird species, the Limpkin being one of them. At the far northern end of it’s range in Florida, Limpkins are more commonly found throughout South America and the Caribbean. While Limpkins look like they might be members of the heron family, they are actually in a taxonomic family all on their own, but are distant cousins of the rail family. They feed almost exclusively on apple snails and have specialized beaks just for the task. Limpkins live in swamps and freshwater wetland areas, like this one at Kapok Park in Clearwater, FL.

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