Probe a silent place
of lichen, logs and hummus
where the sidewalk ends.
Danger lurks in narrow ideas and diets,
who slowly flaps over the marsh* with his head tilted down,
then uses its feet–BIG (1.5-2.2″) toes!–to nab his sole food,
a chunky Apple Snail just below the surface.
On a marshy hillock
he tears into it with his dark, deeply hooked 1.5″ beak.
But the Apple Snail is depleted because of lowered water-levels.
*David Simpson, bird guide and consultant for the State of Florida, took me to several amazing places on A half-day visit north of (and out of!!) Disney World. He–David Simpson, not Disney–is one amazing ornithologist, bird-seeker, and teacher. He and bird guru, Ray Belding, would enjoy each other’s company.