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Copyright: Angela Reigelman (MommaMiaX3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 215] (737)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom, 52mm UV filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-10 8:31
Viewed: 2557
Points: 20
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I was hiking the Hickey Creek State park, which is right outside my door! Found this Limpkin perched on a log. He was maybe 40 feet away from me, and stayed until I exhausted a hundered shots on him. Look he even has legs! :D Aren't you all proud of me? lol I hope you enjoy him.

The Limpkin is a strange marsh bird of the New World tropics. It looks superficially like an ibis, has the general anatomy of a crane, and shares many behavioral traits with rails. Recent DNA evidence places it close to the sungrebes & finfoots (Sibley & Ahlquist 1990). Bryan (1996) calls it "one of the many remarkable birds of the Americas, with its unique appearance, unusual diet and extraordinary calls [and] an unusual variety of nesting sites, ritualistic courtship feeding, and a mix of monogamy and polyandry...". Between 1856-1934, the Limpkin was considered to be composed of two species, but now everyone agrees it is a single variable species.

Note the odd gap near the end of the decurved bill, another unusual feature shared with only a few other birds, such as the two species of open-billed storks (Anastomus) of the Old World. The bill is designed to deal with right-handed apple snails (Pomacea) on which the Limpkin depends. The bill bends to the right near the tip -- quite possibly because of the frequent insertions into the snail -- and the upper tip is sharpened against the lower tip to create a "knife-tip" point to cut the snail's attaching muscles.

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Hi Angela,
This birds shape does resemble an ibis. You have captured it in perfect surroundings. Nice.

Hi Angela,
Very nice shot in natural habitat. The crane is well in focus. POV and composition. TFS this fine image.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-10 10:09]

Hi Ange,
You should be proud of yourself girl, this is an excellent composition with tack sharp details and great natural colors. You have even caught catchlight in its' eye and yes his legs are there, top notch job Ange. Have a great day and thanks for sharing.
PS are you near the fires.

This is an interesting post Angela as I didn't know this bird. This is a good capture of it with nice game between lighting and shadow. Your notes are useful and I like this catchlight in its eye. Well done with good details and composition. Thanks,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-10 10:27]

Hi Angela,

Lovely capture of this bird I have not seen before. The colors, details and natural setting are all wonderful.


Hi Angela,
at the risk of saying it again this sure looks another 19th century Japanese painting brought to life.Like the others have said already this bird looks similar to the other birds already mentioned.It looks like you got to be very close to it, so as a result you have very good details.I like this well composed shot,I wish the sun wasn't so harsh but at least you have sun.We here in High River have had snow and cold rain today.Tfs. Bob

Hi Ange,
I have yet to get a good shot on a Limpkin. This is a good shot. Although the light is really bright here, you managed a good exposure. The colors and detail look excellent. My last trip to Corksrew did not produce a Limpkin. Guess I'll be back down........Nice shot and informative notes.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-11 4:03]

hi Ange
good posture and eye contact; good natural tones and the plumage looks very interesting.
TFS & Cheers

bonjour angela
beaucoup de details dans ce plumage a dominance noire,bonne exposition pour bien faire ressortir les parties blanches.pour finir bonne netteté.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-11 4:30]

You have shot this wonderful creature very well. it looks tall and nice

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