Wading birds in a diminishing pond in the Cockroach Bay Preserve in Ruskin, Florida. There is a snowy egret, tri-colored heron, black-necked stilt, an immature American white ibis and an adult American white ibis.
The´┐Żblack-necked stilt´┐Ż(himantopus mexicanus) is a shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. It can be found in the coastal areas of California, through much of the interior western United States, along the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, south through Central America´┐Żand the Caribbean, to northwest Brazil, southwest Peru, eastern Ecuador and the Gallapagos Islands. Look for it in estuarys, salt ponds, emergent wetlands, and seasonally flooded wetlands.
Himantopus mexicanus forages by probing in mudflats, lakeshores, and in the shallow waters of coastlines searching for the crustaceans, insects, mollusks, small fish, and tadpoles that make up the bulk of its diet. It also eats plant seeds, but very rarely.