Great Blue Herons along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida. A Great Blue Heron stands atop a downed utility pole. This was taken shortly after Hurricane Matthew but the storm may not have been the cause of the toppled pole, which was a bit of a mystery. That’s a Snowy Egret looking inconspicuous in size and attitude higher up on the pole at right. Ardea herodias in stately display.
While the story sounds apocryphal, it could be that the Limpkin was so named because of the bird’s unusual gait, which appeared like it was limping. Sadly, this Limpkin seen in wetlands in Lake County, Florida, has a real limp. The victim of some unknown accident in the past, one of this Limpkin’s feet, though long healed, appeared mangled and twisted around, which did not seem to impede the bird from walking. Frequent visitors to this wetland said that the […]
The Anhinga is an odd bird mixing several evolutionary traits. The bird spends a lot of time underwater where it catches fish by spearing them with its long, sharp bill. And when it is done with its underwater foraging it will take to the skies where it can soar on wide wings with the best of them. And what of that impressively long neck – buff brown for females, black for males? It is what gives the bird the local […]
One of my favorite birds, the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), which, as I have stated before, I prefer by its old name, the Common Moorhen. This Moorhen was hiking around some wetlands in Lake County, Florida, and is quite delightful to look at but not as showy as its cousin, the Purple Gallinule. Regardless of what you want to call either bird, they both have a lot of chicken characteristics, especially when once seen en masse looking for a handout […]