This Limpkin standing in yellow flowers seems to pose for his picture. The Limpkin got its name from its limping gait. The Limpkin’s favorite meals are snails, so they walk along the shores of marshes and probe the mud for food. They have a curious “jungle sound” song used in the original Tarzan movies.
This Male Lesser Goldfinch with water in his beak was a surprise visitor to this watering hole in Texas. He had just plunged his beak in the water. They are common in South Texas but very unusual to me. The Male and Female Lesser Goldfinch are noticeably varied visually but their behavior, size and the rapid flight is the same.
I encountered this Fulvous Whistling-Duck strolling in the sand. This duck is large with long legs and resembles a goose. They forage for seeds of fresh grass and rice at night so it was startling to find this one walking in the sand in midday. I caught him mid step with one enormous foot in the air and I have to wonder:
Is the sand too hot?
Is he practicing to become a drum major?
Is he just strutting?
Is he marching to a different drummer?
This Mottled Duck in flight offered me a flyby as I was walking back to my car after a day of exploring and photographing in Viera Wetlands. The sky was growing very dark and rain was moving in, so I assumed photography was over for the day. I was sure it was a Female Mallard until I processed the image, but the markings just didn’t fit the bird book description of a Mallard. The speculum has no white margins, and the bill is the wrong color. This is a Male Mottled Duck in flight. They are Florida permanent residents and this one gave me a surprise opportunity!
I captured this photograph of a Green Heron lifting off in flight in the evening light. I was walking around a pond in Florida and surprised this Heron, and it took off in flight. These beautiful herons stand absolutely motionless as they are hunting, so I wasn’t able to see him or her until I startled it. It delighted me by flying into the lovely evening light with the green shrubs in the background.