Category Archives: Water Birds

Skimmers In The Square

Usually I crop bird-in-flight images rectangularly to emphasize the flight path, but this first image worked better in a 1X1 format because he was closer to the right edge of the frame.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmer in Flight

So I picked out some others that also worked square to go with it.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

The Skimmers are fascinating to watch, first flying so close together, then separating on some unseen clue.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

This next one is not the perfect mirror image capture that I would have preferred. But I like it for the shadow in addition to the reflection, the second Skimmer’s wing hinting of more action, and the still visible furrow in the water where the first Skimmer had just lifted.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmer in Flight, Reflections

And I couldn’t resist another image of the Black Skimmer passing the Roseate Spoonbills.

Black Skimmer in Flight Over Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer in Flight Over Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 9, 2022

Coots and a Dragonfly

There were a fair number of dragonflies about when we went to Orlando Wetlands in April, but no closeups as they were over the water or in alligator occupied grasses.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

A good supply of gnats over the Coots’ heads kept a few dragonflies busy.

Pair of American Coots and Dragonfly
Pair of American Coots and Dragonfly

A wider view of the Coots, with palm tree reflections in the pond.

Pair of American Coots
Pair of American Coots

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

Limpkin are known for eating the freshwater apple snail, Ampullariidae. But it turns out they eat other mollusks using their specialized beak.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

This water outflow is near the maintenance facility at Orlando Wetlands, and provided a buffet of choices for this diligent Limpkin.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

The green kerchief on his head is a leaf that stuck when he plunged his head into the water.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding Smashing his Mollusk catch

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Two Common Gallinules were making a splash.

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A little dispute ensued…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A point was made…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Face off!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Ok, it’s all over, nothing more to see…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Or not!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Purple Galinule Eating Lily Blossom

Holding onto the lily blossom with his left foot, this Purple Gallinule demonstrated how to eat while floating on vegetation.

Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily
Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily

These iridescent beauties are occasionally seen in South Carolina but I have only seen them in Florida’s freshwater wetlands.

Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily
Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily

Purple Gallinules tend to be shy, and this giant water vegetation provides them with great cover as well as food.

Water Lily and Dragonfly
Water Lily and Dragonfly

April 10, 2022

Coots on the Run

American Coots run and flap to get airborne in an splashy display.

American Coots Running Across Water
American Coots Running Across Water

Sometimes they are just relocating, as they did in this case, to get away from the edge where I was walking.

American Coots Running Across Water
American Coots Running Across Water

They quickly settled down into another small group further out in the pond.

American Coots Running Across Water
American Coots Running Across Water

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022