Limpkins Galore

Today’s post begins a series of posts with images from Myakka River State Park, near Sarasota, Florida. Myakka has always been one of my favorite places to visit when in Florida. This trip was no exception.

One of the first birds I saw at Myakka River was the Limpkin. This wading bird was very common on this visit. Almost everywhere I hiked or kayaked, limpkins were busy foraging along the river’s edge. Their primary food source is snails (a snail can be seen in one of the images in this post). Here are a few of my favorite images from my first day in Myakka River State Park:

Limpkin foraging along the edge of the river

Limpkin foraging along the edge of the river

If you look closely, you can see a snail in this limpkin’s bill:

Limpkin with a snail

Limpkin foraging along the edge of the river

I typically don’t like the look of soft, blurred images. But this one I actually like … the gentle softness and the wonderful reflection of this limpkin in flight was one of my favorite images of that first day:

Limpkin flying across the Myakka River before sunrise

Limpkin foraging along the edge of the river

Besides limpkins, I saw several other wading birds on that first morning in the park. I’ll be sharing some of those soon.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 and ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/8
  • Shutter 1/20 sec to 1/500 sec.



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