Common Gallinule is not something that is a common sighting at the park ironically. I knew I had seen one at a location in the park a couple of times so being that it was a cool morning I decided to walk the bit of extra distance to see what I could see. I saw the Osprey from the previous post on my way to this observation overlook so it was already worth the extra steps.
I saw a brief glimpse of the Gallinule and it disappeared into the weeds but I kept hearing it call and I heard another one. So I decided to sit for a while and watch and listen. Soon I got the feeling I was being watched . So I look around and see
This guy starring at me or honestly it felt like it was glaring at me for interrupting its chance at fresh bird for breakfast.
About 15-20 min later I saw the Gallinule again .
Then I saw a second adult bird.
Then I saw a 3rd bird but I was not 100% sure about it so I watched and waited for it to come into view. A young Gallinule.
The little one began squaking for more food . It was eating some already but wanted more with less effort I guess.
Overall this was a neat experience as this was a first time for me seeing a juvenile Gallinule . For the purpose of documenting this encounter the photos are fine but I am not overly proud of these images . The bill and the duckweed. Well if you have ever adjusted the color of grass you know it is more yellow than green when it comes to the color of it. The bills of the bird are yellow so there is no real separation of color or not much contrast in the two (bill/duckweed). This is a lesson for me in pay attention to not only background but colors and color on color if I want the separation. Challenge two for this encounter was the background. They are close to it and it is a good distance back from me so the depth of field is a bit too much for my taste. Maybe an f4 lens would have helped a full frame camera would have helped a tad but outside of that this is what it is. So time things to where the background is less messy providing luck is with you on that part. Even with the challenges I was stoked to see this because it was a first for me. Also I had to laugh at the kid who was eating but still screaming at mom or dad to feed it more.