Another walk on Alligator Alley

All lush and green, this was taken in early April before the drought started taking a toll on the marsh.

I did not change the color on this glossy ibis. They were in their breeding feathers and the colors were so deep. When the sun hits them you can really see the patterns.

So many purple gallinules lately. They are so much fun to watch.

One lone baby limpkin. Mom was close by looking for food.

Far out in the marsh, this great egret caught a stick with his fish.

Mom moorhen feeding the baby.

Now that’s lunch! He caught the fish but then moved locations. I caught him right as he was swallowing it.

Early April at Circle B Bar Reserve.

SkyWatch Friday

Nature’s playground.

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“Hey lady, are you going to watch me eat too?”

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“Wait, I’m getting a snack”.

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“Look what I got!”

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“Hey, I’m hungry too.” said the juvenile purple gallinule.

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“That seed over there looks pretty good. If I could only get there without falling off.”

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“Upside down is the best way to eat.”

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“You got any salt?”

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“Look, there’s more seed over there.”

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“I’m getting a neck cramp from all this stretching.”

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“I wish I had some fries to eat with all this healthy food.”

Again, the clouds were in my favor this morning I went to Circle B Bar Reserve. I would not have gotten decent shots of these guys if the sun was out in full force based on where they were on the trail. I would have gotten dark shadows. There were at least 8 of them dangling from the reeds getting the seeds. That’s the most purple gallinules I’ve seen at one time. There were several adults and the rest were juveniles. Looks like they must have been born early this past spring. They were just barely getting their colored feathers but no candy corn beak yet. I stood there for half an hour watching them. It was like watching kids playing on the jungle gym. They were pretty funny. I hope they stay in the area for the winter.