Limpkin Nest

May 18, 2019 - During my last visit to Lake Morton in mid-April, I came across a Limpkin nest.... Although I've photographed tiny Limpkin babies before, this was the first time I'd encountered a family at the nest.... Limpkin babies remind me a lot of Sandhill Crane colts (except Limpkins are brown, of course).... Read more


Purple Gallinules at Lake Parker Park

July 10, 2017 - Back out by the lake, several Limpkins were feasting on apple snails for breakfast....  I heard the persistent nagging call of a baby Limpkin, but I couldn't find any small brown fuzzballs.... Read more


Holiday Fun at Viera Wetlands

January 10, 2017 - Ursula drove by and told me where to find a family of Limpkins with small chicks....  It always amazes me how much Limpkin chicks look like Sandhill Crane colts.... Read more


Lakeland Christmas Bird Count 2014

December 21, 2014 - Another bird who feeds on apple snails is the Limpkin, who had a record high count in the CBC....  Yet other species, like the Limpkins and Black-necked Stilts, were found in record numbers.... Read more


Small Things to Make You Smile (Lake Morton)

August 6, 2014 -  Mindful of Rich's dislike of Limpkins (ever since I saw one eating a baby turtle at Circle B), I glanced around to see if my little turtles were safe....  Sure enough, a Limpkin stood nearby, eying my little buddies as an easy breakfast....  The Limpkin had to go find an…... Read more


Winter Birds Returning to the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 14, 2013 - The Limpkins are doing really well at the Circle B Bar Reserve!...  A fun family of Limpkins is growing up along the Heron Hideout trail....  We found the four "mini Limpkins" with Mom and Dad meandering in the grasses of the marsh.... Read more


More from Lake Morton

September 21, 2013 -  Besides the juvenile swans, there was a family of baby Limpkins, as well as the regular "menagerie" of ducks and geese.... I found a family of baby Limpkins hidden in the grasses....  They were the smallest Limpkin babies I've ever seen, and Mom wasn't letting them go far!... Read more

Seven Baby Limpkins at Lake Morton!

April 22, 2013 - I had read about baby Limpkins at Lake Morton, and when I was walking around the lake on Saturday morning, I kept my eyes and ears open....  I counted one, two, three, maybe four baby Limpkins in the bushes....  The Limpkins didn't seem to mind the "outsiders" coming close to…... Read more


It’s About Time!

November 10, 2012 - I've been trying to make good images of Limpkins in flight over at least the last year....  There are certainly enough Limpkins at the Circle B Bar Reserve that you would think this would be easy....  Except the silly Limpkins are very fond of giving me butt shots.... Read more


Save the Best for Last

August 30, 2012 - As I prepared to leave Lake Morton on Sunday, I stopped to photograph a Limpkin standing tall by the lakeside.... He had five little Limpkin chicks with him!... Read more

Cloudy Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 16, 2011 - We did not see the baby Limpkins on the Wading Bird Way trail today.... Limpkin Ballet I will post more pictures throughout the week.... Bird Species List (33 total): American Coot, American Kestrel, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher (heard), Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Gallinule,…... Read more


Redstarts and Warblers and Buntings, Oh My!

October 1, 2011 - Out on Wading Bird Way, I couldn't resist taking more pictures of the baby Limpkins, despite spending all morning with them yesterday.  They were out on the trail when we got there, but the tram came by and scared them away.  They came back out pretty quickly when Mom brought…... Read more


Another Morning at the Circle B Water Slide

September 30, 2011 - I spent my off-Friday morning with the baby Limpkins at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  I headed out to the Wading Bird Way trail at sunrise.  There were too many clouds for an impressive sunrise, but as I watched the light rising, I heard the baby Limpkins.  I watched and…... Read more


Birds Grow up So Quickly!

September 24, 2011 - We had our first photo walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning.  It was a small group, but we had a nice walk.  We saw our first-of-fall Common Yellowthroats, and I'm pretty sure I heard several other warblers, but the mosquitoes were thick and we didn't linger to…... Read more



September 20, 2011 - Lots of people at the Circle B Bar Reserve this weekend commented that the famous baby Limpkins look a lot like baby Sandhill Cranes.  They do!  The colors are different, but the size, beak size, and general shapes of the babies are quite similar.  I hunted up some Sandhill colt…... Read more


Awesome Morning with the Baby Limpkins at CBBR

September 18, 2011 - I had an awesome morning yesterday (Saturday) at the Circle B Bar Reserve with my dad and Michael Libbe.  We had a great sunrise and then spent some quality time with the baby Limpkins on the Wading Bird Way trail.... After we tired of the sunrise, the light was still…... Read more

Expect the Unexpected at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 17, 2011 - I went to the Circle B Bar Reserve yesterday (Friday) in hopes of a gorgeous sunrise with sun beams bursting through the clouds and reflecting over Lake Hancock.  I came home with images of a fireball and baby Limpkins!  Such is a morning at CBBR.  You never know what you'll…... Read more

Photographers Flock Back to Circle B Bar Reserve

September 4, 2011 - Limpkins are of course everywhere at CBBR.  It's not until you meet people from out of town when you realize that Limpkins are rather unusual outside our immediate area.  Their calls always amuse me – they are so loud and they sound so indignant at times!  Today one was preening,…... Read more


Bobolink-less Morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 14, 2011 - Sandhill Crane adult Sandhill Crane colt Out on Wading Bird Way, we came across a family of Limpkins.  I'm pretty sure there were three juvenile Limpkins – they sounded and acted as if they weren't quite adult yet.  They were also slightly smaller than the average adult Limpkin.  Another Limpkin…... Read more

Mothers and Babies at the Circle B Bar Reserve

May 8, 2011 - Black-Bellied Whistling Duck I spotted the baby Limpkins near "The Bend."  Except they have lost their fuzzy down and now look like miniature versions of their parents.  They were learning how to eat apple snails today as we watched...... Mother and Baby Limpkin We made our way back out…... Read more

More Baby Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 30, 2011 - Out on Wading Bird Way, the Savannah Sparrows are gone.  The Anhingas and Limpkins are the summer residents on that trail.   A Limpkin stood in front of us, making an interesting call that I had never heard.  From a distance, I thought it was an adult bird calling and tiny…... Read more

Hoodies at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

January 29, 2011 - Purple Gallinule Turtle lovers beware (sorry, Rich and family...) - we saw a Limpkin eating a baby turtle on the far end of Marsh Rabbit Run.... Once I got over being sad for the turtle, it was kind of fun to watch the limpkin approach the problem of extracting his…... Read more

Another Great Sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 9, 2011 - Roseate Spoonbill Limpkins continue to cover the marsh around Wading Bird Way.  The birders are reporting record number of Limpkins this year.  They are easy to photograph with apple snails.  I'm enjoying the extended reach of The Beast!... Limpkin with apple snail A small flock of Green-Winged Teals was feeding…... Read more


Frosty Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December 29, 2010 - American White Pelicans I've never seen quite so many Limpkins on Wading Bird Way as there were this morning.  I saw several catching apple snails.  This guy caught his and brought him right in front of me to stab and devour.  I guess it tasted good...... Limpkin I never would…... Read more

Where are all the birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve?

November 22, 2010 - A Limpkin posed on one of the buoys.... Limpkin Another Pied-Billed Grebe, this one not surrounded by coots, posed as the water rippled around him: Pied-Billed Grebe Back on Marsh Rabbit Run, a dead tree by the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck hangout was covered in whistlers.... Plane Species list: Anhinga, American…... Read more


Windy Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 7, 2010 - This Limpkin posed for us: Limpkin We did not see the Cuckoo or the otters in Al's favorite spot.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, American Crow, Bald Eagle, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Cardinal, Common Moorhen, Common Yellowthroat, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, House Wren, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue…... Read more


Quiet morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 18, 2010 - Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks There were three Limpkins on Heron Hideout past Marsh Rabbit Run (still closed :().... The Limpkins at Circle B are usually fairly skittish, but I stood there quietly for a while and let them get used to me.... One of the Limpkins must have thought he was…... Read more

Activity Starting to Pick up at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2010 - Sand Hill Crane family I saw several Limpkins along the path.... Once I was able to get a decent flight shot as a Limpkin took off.... Limpkin As usual, Wading Bird Way had plenty of Common Moorhens running around, both on the path and in the water.... Read more

Quiet Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 11, 2010 - We saw at least five Limpkins today.... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle (heard), Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Cardinal, Carolina Wren (heard), Caspian Tern, Common Moorhen, Double-Crested Cormorant, Downy Woodpecker, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Northern Parula,…... Read more

Migrants Making their Way to Circle B

August 28, 2010 - Common Moorhen mother and baby Wading Bird Way was dominated today by the Limpkins, most of them feasting on apple snails.  There were empty snail shells all the way along the path.  Usually the Limpkins are fairly skittish, but today they were too intent on hunting for their breakfasts to…... Read more

Limpkins feasting on apple snails

February 7, 2010 - I sat very patiently watching this limpkin fish for his breakfast.  I wanted to catch him with the entire apple snail (including shell) in his mouth.  After a while of standing there watching him stand there looking, he finally reached down, grabbed a snail, and snap!... Limpkin eating Apple Snail…... Read more

Cold Birdwatching at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 31, 2010 - I saw my first limpkins on Wading Bird Way today.  Look at that long spear of a beak!... Limpkin The limpkins were fishing for their breakfasts as we watched.  This guy had his head down for a while, and he came up with his prey wrapped around his beak.... Limpkin…... Read more