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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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Purple Gallinules at Lake Parker Park

July 10, 2017 -  We've seen incredible photos of Purple Gallinules and Snail Kites taken there....  We certainly saw plenty of Purple Gallinules!... After the sun came up, the light was just beautiful on the Purple Gallinules.... 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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A Quick Stop at Lake Parker Park

March 10, 2017 -  It had been a while since I was there, and I'd heard it was good for Purple Gallinules and Snail Kites.... We found a couple of Purple Gallinules.... Read more

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A Breath of Fresh Air

September 12, 2015 - It's pretty easy to find Purple Gallinules at Orlando Wetlands, and at this time of year, you can find juvenile birds who are starting to get their adult plumage.... Read more

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Annual Search for My Pole-Vaulters

October 16, 2014 -  But one thing that Circle B is really good for at this time of year is Purple Gallinules.... This Common Gallinule was jealous of all the attention that the Purple Gallinules were getting.... 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

Strike a Pose

September 29, 2012 - My best photographic opportunity was with this Purple Gallinule, who hopped up onto one of the Alligator Flag reeds right in front of me.... 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

Expect the Unexpected at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 17, 2011 - As I waited for the Limpkin chicks to come out, I heard a noise behind me, and turned around to find a family of Purple Gallinules.  I had thought I'd heard a new family out there a few weeks ago.  The chicks are starting to get their adult feathers.  I…... Read more

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Yellow-Billed Cuckoo on Marsh Rabbit Run!

August 5, 2011 - There's a family of Purple Gallinules on Wading Bird Way.  The babies have grown a lot, and they are starting to molt into their adult colors.  I only saw the one baby today.  He posed in some bushes, playing "hide and seek" with us.  Then he came running out across…... 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

Expect the Unexpected at Viera Wetlands

July 4, 2011 - We also came across a family of Purple Gallinules with tiny babies.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen gallinule babies this small.  They can’t be but a day or two old.  We had met a really nice lady on a golf cart, who is lucky enough to live five minutes…... Read more

Bobolink-less Morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 14, 2011 - Limpkin Wars We came across Jeff and Lynn on the trail, and they showed us where they'd been seeing Purple Gallinules.  As I was photographing one adult, he flew off.  Normally I don't like flight shots with the bird going away from me, but there's something about this shot that…... Read more

The Newest Celebrity at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 2, 2011 - Common Moorhen baby Rumors of some baby Sora led us to the southern side of Heron Hideout, where we did not find any Sora.  But we did spot two Purple Gallinules on the western side of the trail, near the last culvert before Eagle Roost.  There was a nest right…... 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

Another beautiful morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

July 18, 2010 - I did see plenty of Apple Snail eggs, which is good news for the Limpkins who will be eating those snails this fall.  I got some close-ups of the eggs: Apple snail eggs With Marsh Rabbit Run closed, we had to walk all the way up to the windmill and…... 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

Magical Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

June 13, 2010 - Glossy Ibis Dyeyo and I almost walked by the Purple Gallinule nest.  I looked back and saw one of the adults, then noticed the black baby nearby.  When we focused our cameras on the baby, a second baby popped up to pose also.... Purple Gallinule Babies The mother and father…... 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

Still Plenty of Birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 16, 2010 - Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Black-Bellied Whistling Duck I was excited to see a Purple Gallinule up close, and even more excited when we saw a couple of babies wandering around near it.... Purple Gallinule adult Purple Gallinule baby Dyeyo and I turned onto Wading Bird Way, and there we saw these…... Read more

Our first visit to the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 8, 2009 - White ibis There were two purple gallinules near the heron, an adult an a juvenile.  I was surprised to see them balanced so easily on the branches, with their feet wrapped all the way around.... Purple gallinule (adult) Purple gallinule (juvenile) The sun was rising and very bright.  It was…... Read more