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N 88 B 791 C 41 E Aug 20, 2019 F Jun 3, 2020
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Also known as Marsh Hen or by its scientific name – Gallinula chloropus.

This medium-sized bird is a migratory bird in some parts of the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa but they love Florida and Mexico and stay year round. The Moorhen, a part of the rail family. spends its life on the water and is usually 12 to 15 inches in size when fully grown. In spite of having no webbing on their feet, they are good swimmers. Of course, you can not miss them with their gray-black feathers, a line of white feathers, and a red bill with a yellow tip.
Moorhens are omnivores and love to eat seeds and other plant material floating on the water. They also eat algae, small fish, tadpoles, insects, aquatic roots, berries, grass, snails, insects, rodents, lizards, and worms. On land, you will see them ‘peck’ like a chicken for their food.
Moorhen pairs are monogamous. Females will lay 4 to 12 eggs, laying only one egg a day. The chicks will fledge within 5 to 7 weeks and Momma Moorhen might have another brood later in the season.
Predators such as foxes, dogs, coyotes, and raccoons are the main predators of the moorhen. Large reptiles and Wildcats may also prey on them.


I found this one along Peavine Road in Osceola County, Florida.

Tags:   Common Moorhen bird birds Marsh Hen Galinulla Chloropus fly flight swim water feathers wildlife image photograph nature outdoor canon camera SX60HS outside rail omnivores seed plant material small fish algae insect roots grass berries smails rhodent lizard worms Florida Osceola County Florida Wildlife Peavine Road ghelm4747 Gary Helm U.S.A. United States North America PowerShot

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A nice buck getting spending time at the watering hole.

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N 131 B 722 C 120 E May 21, 2020 F Jun 1, 2020
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Corn Bunting

Tags:   Corn Bunting Embiriza calandra Farmland birds upland birds ting

N 4 B 179 C 6 E Jun 1, 2020 F Jun 1, 2020
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Created for the Magnificent Manipulated Masterpieces
130th MMM "SUMMER HOLIDAY" & Images" Challenge

The girl is from Pixabay

Tags:   PhotoShop Manipulation MMM Challenge

N 135 B 1.0K C 74 E Feb 3, 2019 F Jun 1, 2020
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One of Florida’s most commonly seen large birds, Great blue herons become quite tame around people and are often seen ‘stalking’ fishermen in the hopes of a handout. Great blue herons are distinguished by their large size – they are up to 4 feet tall and have blue-grey plumage, a large yellow bill and a prominent black stripe above the eye.

Florida great blue herons are slightly paler than birds from more northern states, and in parts of south Florida and the Keys there is even a completely white morph that used to be known as the great white heron. Today, most experts consider it a color morph rather than a separate species – but keep an eye out for a large white heron-like bird with yellow bill, yellow legs and no eye stripe when you are in the Keys.

Great blue herons usually hunt by standing in the shallows looking for fish, frogs and other aquatic life. However, they have also been seen taking rails and small mammals.

I found this one which had just caught a Walking Catfish, at Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in Osceola County, Florida.

Tags:   bird birds Great Blue Heron wildlife outside outdoor animal Wading Bird Walking Catfish hunting feeding fly flight wings large frogs aquatic life fish image photograph water marsh swamp Florida Wildlife Osceola County Florida Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area Joe Overstreet Road ghelm4747 Gary Helm United States U.S.A. North America


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