28 July Common Gallinule .... Park 2.0

by Russell Smith July. 28, 2019 161 views

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.

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Heike 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Lovely the pics of the Gallinules. I had to smile about #1. I think I would have written as caption : Oh yes, I'm well camouflaged...smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Heike 2 months, 2 weeks ago

:) It was hehe.

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm loving this nature and animal series my friend

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I am enjoying being out in nature right now to me 1/2 or more of the adventure is being out there.

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Pete Fitzgetald 2 months, 2 weeks ago

#1I absolutely love this photo, what a cool photo

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Russell Smith Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you. I have learned that if I feel like I am being watched in this area start looking at the water.

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful series! Maybe the gator was sizing you up for a meal, or was he a small one???grinning

ps. I love the way your mind works, as evidenced by your fascinating musings.....

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I think it was quite possibly. I did not want to test the waters and see . I am estimating 6ish feet long maybe up to 7 1/2 large side.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Yikes!!!! Any water moccasins around yet??? 
They can be very aggressive, when they have a nest nearby. 
Please watch you step & wear high-tops!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I have seen a few young ones this past spring but none lately. Usually the wet areas have a raised board walk so it is relatively safe as long as I look at the planks. That being said I do wear lighter weight boots that are a mid calf type "jump boot". I am seriously considering an investment in a pair of high quality water resistant/proof snake bite proof boots but that will take a bit to save for. I do not care to add bitten by venomous snake to lightening strike part of my list of accomplishments.

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Russell Smith Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Ticks are one of my major concerns if I were to be honest.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Getting a good pair of snake-proof high tops, would be a good investment! It allows you to walk through high grass and thick brush where you can't see where your feet go! Gives you a lot more confidence & a lot less danger!

Spending a lot of my childhood exploring the brush country of South Texas, looking for any kind of wildlife I could find, I always wore snake-proof foot ware and never used my hands to look through a brush pile or overturn any rocks or dead tree limbs. I had a little foldable army shovel to keep some distance between my hands & arms from what I wanted to look about.....Thank God, I never did get "nailed" except for the occasional wild hornets, when I accidentally disturbed one of their nests! Ouch!!!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Mucking around the Fla swamps and the WV mountains I was lucky because I rarely wore anything other than sandals or barefeet. Now that I am getting older and trying to plan ahead for the locations that we hope/plan on moving I think it will be wise because of the higher grass/brush. Hornets and Yellow Jackets are no fun I have had the misfortune on getting nailed by them a few times.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Here, west of the Cascade Mountain Range, we have no poisonous snakes, no scorpions & very few flying & biting insect pests, like mosquitos. We do, however, need to watch out for bears & cougars, when we hike in the back country......gulp!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It amazes me how much of the personality (not the right word for what I want to describe) or mannerisms that a house cat has that are similar to its wild counter part. While watching documentaries on the wild cats it reminds me of the actions of the cats for this or that type scenerio. Bears are very rare here in the mountains of WV they were common and I did encounter a few potentailly dangerous situations with bears. Like inbetween mom and cubs while hunting . Wind switched directions from the cubs to mom and she knew I was there but did not know where and did not like it. I became a rock because I was bow hunting and she was well a mom plus I did not have a desire to explain to DNR about the bear. A few moments later she left . I was still a rock for about 2 hours. No way was I moving lol.

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Russell Smith Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Mountain Lions is on my to see/shoot (camera) list. I have seen the Fl Panther a number of times in the wild including mom and kits.That was one time I made a Biologist that was new look like an idiot and the old biologist let it happen to teach him a lesson to not discount what he was being told . I saw one in WV but it was a small female I think a transient animal because they were not normally seen in that part of the state.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

A mama bear, with cubs, is a sure recipe for disaster......
You can't out-run her or out-climb her and certainly can't over power her........
In other words, you lose.......... Game Over........
A cougar will wait, in ambush, along the trail, waiting for you to pass so she can pounce on you from behind, with her front paws & claws covering your face & eyes, while her incisors pierce you neck vertebrae in order to sever your spinal chord, paralyzing you from the neck down, while her rear paws&claws are shredding you below..........If you have ever tried force a house cat to do something it didn't want to do, you know how strong they can resist............Just imagine trying to pull a 150-lb cat off of you......anin't gona happen.........you lose.......Game Over.....agin.....RIP

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

THat is very true both cases are game over.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Afraid so.........

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