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2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - From the tall Black-necked Stilts to the camera-evading warblers, the fast-flying Barn Swallows and the big-footed baby Purple Gallinules, it was a year full of avian opportunity.... Around Lake Apopka: House Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-winged Teals mating, Black-necked Stilt, Sunset, Pied-billed Grebe with Chicks, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Least Bittern, Fulvous…... Read more

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Baby Purple Gallinules at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

July 6, 2017 - On my previous visit to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, I found a small family of Purple Gallinules with tiny babies....  (She didn't care.) Baby Purple Gallinules don't look all that different than their Common Gallinule "alien" cousins.... A biker went by and scared the Purple Gallinules off, so I…... Read more

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Better Hurry, Alligator Flags at Circle B are Fading!

October 21, 2013 -  On this particular visit my goal was to photograph the Purple Gallinules on their favorite Alligator Flag plants, the biggest clump of which stands on the "afternoon side" of the Heron Hideout trail.... The above picture is a juvenile Purple Gallinule, molting quickly into his colorful adult plumage.... The Purple…... Read more

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Summer Sunrise at Circle B

July 22, 2012 - I took a walk out to where the Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks nested last year.  I was hoping to find some yellow-and-black cuties, which we haven't been able to find (yet) at Viera Wetlands this year.  But I didn't find any at CBBR either.  :(  I did find this juvenile Purple…... Read more

I Love This Time of Year at Circle B!

October 24, 2011 - I saw no less than TEN Purple Gallinules climbing the reeds and eating the seeds.... (Most people are excited to see one!) Most of the Purple Gallinules were adults, but a few juveniles were showing off their pale colors.... In a split second, every single Purple Gallinule had hopped off…... Read more

Cute Babies at Viera Wetlands

July 9, 2011 - After the bittern left and the whistling ducks swam away, I circled around in search of the Purple Gallinule family that I saw last week.  I found the babies by listening – their little calls are unmistakable.  I sat waiting for them to make their way out of the reeds. …... Read more

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Why Did the Purple Gallinule Cross the Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve?

June 26, 2011 - We saw quite a few Purple Gallinules along the trail.  We found at least two groups of babies, one at the intersection of Wading Bird Way with the (still closed) Marsh Rabbit Run trail, and the other group a little farther south.  The babies are black and look so different…... Read more

Hoodies at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

January 29, 2011 - Eagle Roost nest A Purple Gallinule made an appearance on the Marsh Rabbit Run trail, just behind the star American Bittern who regularly has a crowd of admirers.... Purple Gallinule Turtle lovers beware (sorry, Rich and family...) - we saw a Limpkin eating a baby turtle on the far end…... Read more

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The Whistler Flight School is pleased to announce the opening of Marsh Rabbit Run!!

September 27, 2010 - On our way back on Marsh Rabbit Run, we saw some juvenile Purple Gallinules crawling through the vegetation.... The juvenile pastel plumage is fun: Purple Gallinule There's a hint of fall in the air...and with fall comes more migration!!... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher (heard), Black-Bellied Whistling Duck,…... Read more

Baby Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

June 20, 2010 - The beautiful sunrise this morning was just the start of a happy Father's Day hike with Dyeyo at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  We saw lots of baby birds!   Sand Hill Cranes, Purple Gallinules, Common Moorhens, Grackles and Red-Winged Blackbirds, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker...... For several weeks we have suspected that…... Read more

Baby Birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 31, 2010 - Black-necked Stilt chick One of the other photographers remarked that the stilt babies were "little white fuzzballs." Then a few yards down the path, he called "here are some black fuzzballs!", which were later determined to be baby Purple Gallinules.... Purple Gallinule We heard plenty of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and…... Read more