Limpkins are an odd sort of swamp bird in Florida. They walk with a rather halting gait which led them to be named limpkins. They’re a good sized bird but not flashy like the egret and blue heron.

Limpkins are brown with white spots and have a call that will wake you right up at 5:30 from a sound sleep. Here are photos that I took in my backyard this morning.

In this series of photos, you see the limpkin wading in the lake, dunking for a mussel, carrying the mussel back to shore, then putting it down to break it open.


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