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AKA "Water Turkey", "Snake Bird", this bird is known for swimming with only the neck and head above water. It's feathers are not very water-proof, so they must roost after fishing and hold the wings open to let them dry. This lovely is a female, as shown by the buffy breast and head. Males are a lovely silver and black.
Silver Springs State Park, Ocala Florida. Taken while kayaking along the gorgeous Silver River, which is formed by Silver Springs.
Did you know.... Silver Springs hold TWO world records; #1: the headspring is the world's largest single-vent opening artesian spring, with 550 million gallons of water pouring out every day. #2: The spring forms the Silver River, 5 miles long. Along this 5 miles there are about 120 more smaller springs, forming the largest concentration of natural artesian springs. It is one of the most special places in Florida. Which has a LOT of special places!