Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pic of the Day

   Limpkin – Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands; Viera, Florida:  The Limpkin is an interesting bird.  It appears to be a large rail, but its skeletal structure is more crane like.  Taxonomist place the Limpkin in its own genus, Aramus and family, Aramidae; and is the only extant species of the genus and family.
   This limpkin was photographed at the western most impoundment of the wetlands as it searched for Apple Snails (Ampullariidae), which is a primary food source.  Limpkins at the Ritch Grissom Wetlands are very approachable and are very numerous.  The wetlands is open to both foot traffic and auto traffic making access to the various water impoundments very accessible.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f4, Digital Capture ISO 200, 1/400 sec. @ f9

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