Limpkins found in swamps and marshes in Florida they feed primarily on apple snails.
8 chicks hatched from this nest
One by one the chicks entered the marsh waters following the adult.Is this where the saying “keeping your ducks in a row” comes from? (Yes, I’m aware these are not ducks 😀)
Once on the other side of the marsh this little Limpkin takes its iconic place close to the adults mouth waiting for food.
At 3 weeks of age the chicks have more than doubled in size and the pin feathers continue to fill in on their wings. A couple of the chicks have disappeared from the family however, the dynamic bond continues with the amigo siblings sticking close by one another while the chick in the foreground remains a solitary creature.
7 weeks passed only 4 chicks survived. What happened had an alligator or snake or bird of prey taken them… I choose not to dwell on the loss because it is the other side of wildlife and nature the cycle of life and my main focus is on the beauty and wonder side of the cycle.
I observed this Limpkin family for 2 months watching how the parents cared for their young and taught them how to survive. It was interesting that when the chicks were displaying signs of sibling rivalry the parents didn’t intervene they let the youngsters work it out on their own. During the chicks growth there were moments that I felt a personal pride watching their accomplishments it was they were a part of my own family. But as all good things come to an end so did the chronicling of this feathered family, they grew up and went off in their own separate directions. I hope you have enjoyed the chronicle of this Limpkin family and are encouraged to discover nature for yourself. Now go take more photos!📷📷
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I really enjoyed your limpkin family saga, such a visual feast to see them grow up and learn how to fend for themselves. 2 months well spent, your photos are a real treat.
Glad you enjoyed the journey through their little lives. This was a departure from the way I have photographed wildlife and I must say I better understand what other wildlife photographers say about “get to know the animal behaviors and then you can make better photographs”.
Limpkins must Creole Birds living primarily on Escargot! Do they drink Chocolate as well? Great Series of shots.
Thanks Ron. I never did see chocolate when I spent time with them, lol.
A wonderful family story. And the shoot a awesome. I love to see how the chicks developed over time. 🙂
Thank you Otto!
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