Common Gallinule

Here’s a question for the bird nerds out there: What bird has a call that sounds like a kids bicycle horn?  This image is just that bird.  We spotted a number of them wading in the marshy area surrounding the ibis rookery at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge near Hilton Head Island.

The water surrounding the rookery was coated with some kind of green material which also covers the birds legs as you see it standing near the shoreline here.  The most viewed birds in this area are actually egrets, ibis and herons but the Gallinule was closer to shore and just looked neat against that green carpet of the water.  I love getting to know birds that I hadn’t been familiar with before!

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Bluffton, SC

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/16 – 1/100 sec – ISO 400

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Wetlands

It is amazing how a bit of water can make an area so attractive.  This is a scene you see often when walking across the new board walk along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell.  The wild life is always around in this marshy area that borders the river and separates the roadway from the main waterway.  Birds like these geese feed here and seem to be pretty much at ease with all the human activity nearby.

It is sad however, that there have to be signs all over this area to tell people not to feed the animals.  During the summer you often see people with their kids out giving bread to the ducks and geese.  Of course, this makes them dependent on humans and causes incidents where wild animals react the way they are meant to which scares people who interact with them.  Then you have trouble and it is our fault, not theirs.  Just remember to enjoy nature from a distance and keep the wild things (and the people) away from harm by not trying to turn them into pets.

Roswell River Walk
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400