Monday, October 24, 2022

October 24, 2022

I am an immature Common Gallinule,
My beak does not yet look like candy corn
Now my beak's brown, it's odd how things turn around,
My beak looked like candy corn when I was born.

(I've always been fascinated by the way this bird looks quite similar to it's parents when it's a tiny baby, then its beak gets brown, then it goes back to looking like the parents when it is fully grown. I've always assumed that baby birds are more muted so they blend in with their surroundings, but Common Gallinule babies have almost the same coloring as their parents.)

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL


Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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