Beth wanted to see a Purple Gallinule so we were off to Leesburg, Fl. Sightings are guaranteed at the 64-acre Venetian Gardens park on the west shore of Lake Harris.
Purple Gallinules are large chicken-like birds with beautiful blue and purple feathers and a striking red, yellow and light blue bill. They have HUGE feet that allow them to walk on top of lake & pond vegetation.
This is a juvenile and does not have the pretty bill yet.
Beth says she see so many yellow-rumped Warblers that she wasn't going to take any more pictures of them - but I did.
An Anhinga was drying his wings in the sunshine.
The ponds are beautiful BUT there is too much litter especially by the bridges where people fish.
And, I hate to see people feed the birds. I know they mean well...
...but it's just not right seeing White Ibis beg for scraps!