Tasty snack for this young Limpkin

thumb_img_4433_1024I spotted these two Limpkins the other evening as they emerged from the reeds along the water’s edge with an Apple Snail, a favorite treat. The juvenile waited patiently as its parent expertly extracted the Apple Snail from its shell.

“The Limpkin’s bill is uniquely adapted to foraging on apple snails. The closed bill has a gap just before the tip that makes the bill act like tweezers. The tip itself is often curved slightly to the right so it can be slipped into the right-handed chamber of the snail.” (All About Birds, Limpkin).img_4443 Yummy~! It made me smile to see the adult hand over the succulent mollusk to the happy youngster. The Limpkin is a common wading bird here in our swamps and marshes, but is not related to herons, egrets, cranes or other wading birds – it’s in a Family of its own. thumb_img_4460_1024Though they often blend in visually with their surroundings, Limpkins are easily recognized by the sound of their “piercing banshee wails” (Audubon). Listen to this short Bird Note episode for more interesting info about the Limpkin . . . and a taste of his screeching early morning call.

16 thoughts on “Tasty snack for this young Limpkin

  1. Fun, fascinating, and especially informative. I’ll look a bit differently now at these unique birds and their amazing adaptations.

  2. Really wonderful photos, BJ. Limpkins are not common in most places, I have traversed many miles to see just one. So your juvenile here huddled with parent, with the snails, is truly a treat.

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