Yesterday, while driving in to town for the cake ingredients, I detoured into Manatee Springs State Park. It was a cold, windy, gorgeous day and I was hoping the manatees might be enjoying the warm 72 F degree spring water, but alas, they were out foraging in the darker Suwannee.
So, no manatee shots ... for now.
The collage below is just a sample of some of the scenery in Manatee Springs. The boardwalk snakes out through a floodplain forest of cypress and gum to the banks of the Suwannee and the mouth of Manatee Springs run.
The trees along the river were full of vultures as usual and some little Yellow-Rumped Warblers (aka LGB's) were working the leaflitter. (Thank you Sophiemae and Thingfish, your recent posts saved me from looking up yet another warbler I don't know)
I even managed a couple of warbler shots that weren't blurry, dark, or ... well, you know what I mean if you shoot warblers.
The limpkin above is a favorite swamp bird of mine. Photographically speaking, his bill's a little soft, but I was standing on a bouncing floating dock on the Suwannee as I tried to photograph him.
Limpkins are wonderful birds who keep to themselves and eat apple snails. In case you don't have apple snails where you live, they are also wonderful in a snaily sort of way. They are enormous, a full grown apple snail shell will fill your palm. The apple snail is aquatic and we have a couple of birds, the limpkin and the snail kite, that are especially adapted for preying on the apple snail.
The cry of the limpkin at night will raise the hairs on the back of your neck.