And back to birdblogging! In honor of the election season, denizens of the fetid swamps might be the appropriate theme of the day. Have a marsh bird, then! Story behind the photo below the break.
There’s a supermarket and small movie theater across the street from the edge of the Ding, with a swampy, marshy area behind it. Box turtles and anoles abound, and many birds make the short flight over the street to join them and grab a bite from the shallows. Moorhens are frequent visitors.
This one was agitated for some reason, because he was making a lot of noise. I had to struggle not to laugh out loud and scare him away, because moorhens have a voice that is ridiculously comical…imagine a bird that sounds like a pair of clown shoes. However, while they sound goofy, I’ve always loved the way they look; there’s something vaguely chivalric about that showy face shield extending back from the bill, no?
A related bird, the purple gallinule, is something I see at Corkscrew all the time; a picture of one of those will be forthcoming soon.