A Common Gallinule, or Moor Hen, or I call them the DEW.
DEW is the old military ‘Distant Early Warning’ system. A 1950’s radar line to warn us of impending doom. Gallinule are the newest version living in swamps and marshes.
If a Gallinule spots you they hide making no noise, until you are just about on top of them. Then they scream, jump in the air, and run over the waters surface… wailing the whole time.
Several things happen during the crazed warning. If the photographer is in an area know for Alligators, they too are in the air wailing. Scares the Bejeezus out of you. Also anything in a mile radius is watching you, no sneaking around any longer. DEW warns all the critters.
Another interesting thing about a Moor Hen is their ‘nose’. First you could swear it’s made of shiny vinyl.
Or, the Halloween Candy Corn.
Either way it is attention getting.
These are common out here, like the Chicken of the swamp. And everyone likes Chicken.