Today's FFF shows off the incredibly adorable chicks of Limpkins. We miss seeing (and hearing) these Florida specialty birds in our waters. Some say that these birds are hard to find, but we've never had problems finding them. They often are right out in the open in freshwater areas looking for and feeding on large apple snails and sometimes freshwater mussels. Limpkins will pick a pond clean of all apple snails in sight, competing with another Florida specialty bird that eats only apple snails, the Snail Kite.
|"Remember to keep your wings up for balance!"|
|Serious cuteness going on here|
|Limpkin parents and a trail of chicks|
If you've been to Florida and haven't seen them, then you may have heard them. If you ever hear what sounds like a flamboyant tranny screaming while running away in heels, then you may have heard a Limpkin. This can be especially startling in the middle of the night. But fear not, it's most likely not some scandalous mischief going on - it's just a Limpkin calling.
|Doting Limpkin parent and chicks|
|That's a big foot, mama!|
|Limpkin parents showing how to forage|
Well before you get a loud, wailing adult Limpkin, you have these precious little brown balls of fuzz! We stumbled upon this family of Limpkins at the end of May in 2009 at a pond right in front of a local public library. We were already pleasantly surprised to find two adult Limpkins together. And then we noticed these little fuzzballs trailing after them. We quickly went home to grab our camera to capture this uber cute sighting!
|Love seeing those tiny wings!|
These Limpkin chicks were just as cute as can be! There were a group of 4 of them following mom and pop looking for snails. It was nice to see both doting parents caring for their young ones and showing them the ropes.
|A perfect portrait of baby Limpkins in these flowers!|
|Another lovely family pic|