Limpkins forage primarily in shallow water and on floating vegetation such as water hyacinth and water lettuce. When wading, they seldom go deeper than having half the body underwater, and never are submerged up to the back. They walk slowly with a gait described as “slightly undulating” and “giving the impression of lameness or limping”, “high-stepping”, or “strolling”, looking for food if the water is clear or probing with the bill. They do not associate with other birds in mixed-species feeding flocks, as do some other wading birds, but may forage in small groups with others of their species.
The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor), formerly known as the Louisiana heron, is a small species of heron native to coastal parts of the Americas; in the Atlantic region, it ranges from the northeastern United States, south along the coast, through the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, to northern South America as far south as Brazil. In the Pacific region, it ranges from Peru to California, but it is only a nonbreeding visitor to the far north.
Thanks for sharing these two southern beauties with us, HJ. I can never get enough limpkins, so this one was a real treat for me.
Thank you, my friend. I appreciate it. 🙂
Beautiful images, HJ. The limpkin is particularly attractive.
Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂
Two very nice pictures HJ.
Thank you very much, Tom. 🙂
Gorgeous shots, HJ and thanks for the information about these birds. 🙂
I’m so glad to hear from you! Thank you very much, Clare. 🙂
My pleasure, HJ!
More great photographs of beautiful subjects, H.J. Well done and thank you!
Thank you, D. 🙂
Two gorgeous birds captured wonderfully, HJ! 😊
Thank you so much, Donna. 🙂