Common Gallinule

Common Gallinules Fighting

January 27, 2024 - Sometimes you come across two Common Gallinules going at each other, and I've never been sure if it was a fighting thing or a mating thing.... Read more

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More Baby Birds at Lake Morton

May 21, 2023 - I heard tiny noises and looked down in the lily pads to find this nest of Common Gallinule chicks.... I came across another Common Gallinule family.... Read more

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Ducks and Ducklings

April 25, 2023 - I find a Common Gallinule making his nest at the base of a cypress tree.... Common Gallinule chicks are popping up everywhere.... Read more

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Aliens Invade at Lake Morton

June 7, 2021 - The Common Gallinules knew where these aliens came from.... They are Common Gallinule babies.... Near the shore, I saw a Common Gallinule gathering sticks to build her nest.... Read more


Springtime Nature Therapy at LAWD

May 13, 2018 - Speaking of babies, the Common Gallinule chicks are already all over the wildlife drive.... Here's another Common Gallinule, this one on a nest.... Read more

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Another Summer Morning on LAWD

August 5, 2017 - This Common Gallinule family was fun to watch....  After watching a Common Gallinule family on their nest a few weeks before, I think I was more aware of the interactions between the babies and their older sibling (previous clutch).... Read more

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The Fun Continues at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

June 16, 2017 -  Highlights of this visit include baby Killdeer, a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, a Roseate Spoonbill, and the ever-present baby aliens (Common Gallinules).... The first birds that I stopped to photograph were a family of Common Gallinules....  The Common Gallinules are one of the few bird families where the older juveniles from…... Read more

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Early May at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

May 14, 2016 - Common Gallinules are regulars in the waters alongside the berm roads....  You may be wondering if these are baby aliens, but trust me, the ornithologists have clearly classified these little guys as Common Gallinules!... Read more

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Springtime at Lakes Morton and Mirror

May 13, 2015 - We spotted a Common Gallinule with two tiny chicks, then we spotted another with juvenile "teenagers."   This one seemed to be asking one of the hard questions of childhood...."Mommy, am I a boy or a girl?" One of my favorite things about visiting Lake Morton in the spring is…... Read more

Put Your Best Spoon Forward!

June 1, 2012 - ...I spent last Sunday morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  Boy it feels good to get back out there!  I was happy to find lots and lots of Roseate Spoonbills still hanging around off the Wading Bird Way trail.  I counted over 100!  These beautiful birds are some of my favorite ones to photograph.  […] Read more

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Three Generations

October 7, 2011 - This is a family of Common Moohens - I mean, Common Gallinules -- from Circle B last week.... Common Gallinules are somewhat special in that the babies from early spring stick around to help the parents raise the second and third clutches of the summer.... Read more

Expect the Unexpected at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 17, 2011 - There are almost always families of Common Moorhens Common Gallinules in the "Four Corners" area.  Today was no exception, and they were on a perfect sun angle.  One adult looked at me and just begged to have his picture taken.  Of course I had to oblige...... Bird Species List (32…... Read more

Early Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2011 - ...You know that the hot summer is coming to a close at the Circle B Bar Reserve when you start seeing the first Pied-Billed Grebes on the Wading Bird Way trail.  Although grebes are year-round residents in Polk, I don’t seem to see them until the very end of summer.  The same goes for the […] Read more

First of Season Warblers at CBBR!

August 19, 2011 - ...How are kitten care and warbler photography alike? Neither subject will stay still! This morning I enjoyed an off-Friday sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  I saw my first warblers of the season!  Two Yellow Warblers and one Prairie Warbler spent a pleasant 15 minutes posing for me in the top of a tree […] Read more

Quiet Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 7, 2011 - ...Herman made me go back to the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning after he posted a picture of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Flickr.  I took the Beast and set up in front of the Morning Glory vines where he saw the bird.  I waited about a half hour, but no hummers came.  So I […] Read more

The Eagle has Landed at CBBR

July 31, 2011 - ...The Bald Eagle has returned to his nest on the sandhill at the Circle B Bar Reserve!  I was very happy to hear him and then confirm that he was sitting just above the nest. It’s been almost a month since Dyeyo and I went to Circle B, so we were both excited to get […] Read more

Productive Morning at the Viera Click Ponds

July 23, 2011 - ...After hearing on Birdbrains about the early fall migrants at Viera Wetlands, I had to make a trip over there.  The wetlands itself was very unproductive, with not even the Purple Gallinules showing themselves to me.  No Black-bellied Whistling Ducks greeted me, either.  But over in the Click Ponds, there was a ton of activity.  […] Read more

Expect the Unexpected at Viera Wetlands

July 4, 2011 - There were Common Moorhens (or I guess Common Gallinules, as they are now called) everywhere, with chicks of all ages.  I’ve been wanting to find recently-hatched chicks up close.  At that age they are so ugly that they are adorable!  We lucked out and found a whole family that was…... Read more

More Baby Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 30, 2011 - ...This morning started out slow at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  We’re getting into the time of year when there are fewer birds at the reserve, and you don’t get as many great photo ops as you do during the winter.  But I find that the baby birds are just as fun to photograph as […] Read more

The Newest Celebrity at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 2, 2011 - ...This winter the American Bittern and the King Rail were the stars at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  This spring, the Sandhill Crane colt that frequents the Heron Hideout trail is quickly becoming the newest celebrity at the park. This morning I met Michael Libbe at sunrise and we found the Sandhill Crane family out […] Read more

Bitterns Saying Hello at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 7, 2011 - ...I headed to the Circle B Bar Reserve on my off-Friday determined to remember to check the eagle’s nest next to the Nature Center.  I always seem to forget to walk over and check it on my way out! As I arrived at the nest, I saw one Bald Eagle sitting on it.  Another eagle […] Read more