Every moment spent in nature has its amazing opportunity to film beauty. This particular day went to visit Green Cay Wetlands. Its the county’s newest nature center that overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland. Many appear to visit and just walk briskly around the well constructed, 1.5 miles of child and adult proof wooded planks!
Did you know during breeding season, they form breeding groups of two to seven birds, with all members defending territory, building nests and looking after young?! The shallow platform nests are made of reeds and other water plants over water, among reeds or on floating platforms in open water. Two or more females will lay their eggs in the same nest and all members of the group help to incubate the eggs and feed the young!
I spied one such family of Gallinule’s and also a Heron looming in the weeds. He was patiently waiting for one of these lil Moorhens, (oops i mean common gallinule, they changed the names again) to swim nearby. They easily become a meal to the larger species so it makes sense why these breeding groups formed and big feet! They can move fast, those long toes make it possible to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation.
Below is what I saw during this mid morning jaunt. Precious feeding of mamma to chick.