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Gallinule Gone Wild

A few fun, interesting, shots of frisky Gallinules. No award winners, but these are birds you rarely see do anything other than run away.

Gallinule Gone Wild
Gallinule Gone Wild

It’s mating time so they are grabbing territory, chasing rivals, and of course the obvious.

Gallinule Gone Wild
Gallinule Gone Wild

They are common and just about everywhere so there was no shortage of disagreements. Lots of running on top of the water.

Gallinule Gone Wild
Gallinule Gone Wild

Above is the classic Moorhen fight, their huge toes now used to scare rivals off.

Gallinule Gone Wild
Gallinule Gone Wild
Gallinule Gone Wild
Gallinule Gone Wild

Random scenes, most chases and scrapes are over almost immediately.

Spoonbill Walking By

This Roseate Spoonbill was part of a ‘pair’ strolling along a salt marsh.

Spoonbill Walking By
Spoonbill Walking By

Most interesting was his friend, it was a Tricolored Heron.

Spoonbill Walking By
Spoonbill Walking By

The Tricolor was a little shy, but he still followed behind the Spoonbill like a puppy.

Spoonbill Walking By
Spoonbill Walking By

An odd couple.

Race To The Fish, Laughing Gulls And Pelican

This just might be a new favorite.

The tide was moving, fish were schooling, and all the locals were looking for the last meal of the day.

Race To The Fish, Laughing Gulls And Pelican
Race To The Fish, Laughing Gulls And Pelican

Two Gulls and a Brown Pelican were gliding and hovering above the water. They could not have gotten any closer to each other without a crash.

The bird who managed a catch would be fighting the other two to keep it.

Coastal Florida.

Heron, Salt Marsh

To me a photographs surrounding environment is just as important as the subject. You can’t always get beautiful backgrounds, but when you see one like this you grab the shot.

Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh

Unfortunately the Great Blue had a different idea and just as I shot, he jumped. However ultimately it made for a nice series.

Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh

A nice lift off, and then another Great Blue moves in right behind. This must be the best seat in town because the stump wasn’t empty for even a minute.

Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh
Heron, Salt Marsh

I stayed focused on the first bird in flight not taking any chances on missing everything being greedy, been there, done that.

I would have liked to catch both in the center frame though …