25 milliseconds

After the rains let up yesterday, this wood stork was out fishing the shallow waters at Red Bug Slough. DSC_0195

The bill of this endangered wading bird can shut pretty quickly — when lunch is involved. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, “Wood storks capture their prey by a specialized technique known as grope-feeding or tacto-location. Feeding often occurs in water 6 to 10 inches deep, where a stork probes with the bill partly open.  When a fish touches the bill it quickly snaps shut.  The average response time of this reflex is 25 milliseconds, making it one of the fastest reflexes known in vertebrates.”

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Shades of green after the rains let up.

Slash pine, oaks, and palms, and their shades of green, after the rains let up.

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