The Limpkin -- Aramus guarauna, famous vocalist of southern wetlands claims FL and southern GA for its northernmost range.
Floating vegetative mats on Florida's Silver River are nice spots to check for one of their main foods, Florida Apple Snails -- Pomacea paludosa.
Unlike most operculate snails, the Apple Snail has lungs and must surface regularly to breathe. This helps bring them within easy reach for a Limpkin.
"Never does Nature say one thing and Wisdom another." Juvenal (Sixteen Satires)
'What do you suppose will satisfy the soul,
except to walk free and own no superior?' ~ from "Laws for Creations" by Walt Whitman
“Will you be a reader, a student merely, or a seer?” ~ Thoreau, Walden
"Even when the bird is walking we know that it has wings." ~ Victor Hugo
"The perception of beauty is a moral test." ~ Thoreau, Journal, 6/21/1852.
“The rapidity of change and the speed with which new situations are created follow the impetuous and heedless pace of man rather than the deliberate pace of nature.” ~ from "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson
“Only within the ever-renewing processes of nature is there any future for the human community. Not to recognize this is to make economics a deadly affair.” ~ Thomas Berry
"I enter a swamp as a sacred place — a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength — the marrow of Nature." ~ Thoreau, Walking.
“Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.” ~ Nadine Gordimer
"...if more were known about the flow of energy in the Everglades, snails would prove to be one of the most important links in the food chains there." ~ Archie Carr, 1973.
'I am a poet: I am always hungry.' ~ Theodore Roethke
'There's many a life of sweet content
Whose virtue is environment.' ~ Walter Learned, "On the Flyleaf of Manon Lescaut"
Limpkin were nearly hunted to extinction in North America.
'Man maketh a death which Nature never made.' ~ Edward Young
"Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance." ~ Epicurus
'...What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet. ' ~ from "Inversnaid" by Gerard Manley Hopkins