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Limpkin Feeding Chicks

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Adult Limpkin transferring an apple snail to it's downy chick with beak opren (SandraCalderbank, sandra calderbank)Limpkin adult feeding apple snaill to it's downy chick, snail is in chick's mouth (SandraCalderbank, sandra calderbank)

I had the privilege of coming upon a pair of adult Limpkins feeding their six downy chicks by the edge of the water in Viera Wetlands. It was such a gift to be part of this wonderful activity. The adults would catch the Apple Snails, then crack the shells and feed just the meat of the snail to their baby chicks. What a treat!

Fishing on a cloudy day

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Belted Kingfisher flying out of water after catching a fish with fish in beak (sandra calderbank)

 

I was recently visiting the Viera Wetlands on a rainy overcast day.  I was ready with my camera but not expecting much action.  I stopped because a Bald Eagle flew overhead, which I totally missed.    I decided to sit for a while, thinking the day for capturing images was going to be unproductive, when this little rocket popped out of the water with a fish!

Swallow-Tailed ‘Stealth’

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Swallow-Tailed Kite in flight against blue sky (Sandra Calderbank, sandra calderbank)

This Swallow-Tailed Kite soars in silently and seems to appear out of thin air and disappears just as silently. I have learned it is because this striking bird of prey, rarely flaps it’s wings. It changes directions as it swoops in the air overhead by rotating it’s tail feathers!