One-Year Ago (25-November-2014) — Florida

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Common Gallinule

While driving on the Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, I got a picture of a bird I had not seen before. It was as big as a chicken, and had yellow feet. I think it might be an immature Common Gallinule. The adult Common Gallinule has a red beak which this bird does not have.

Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 4500, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 4500, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 1800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 1800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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