May 1, 2019 – Venetian Gardens Park

It was as perfect a day as days can get for lunch and a walk in the park. And, we didn’t waste it. This grill was in front of our parking space

Looks as though there was some excitement at this picnic grill recently. Having seen all the stuff people put in barbecue grills up in Big Creek, I surmise that it could have been just about anything.

For some reason, I can never remember the name of Limpkin. We see several every time we take a walk in the park and then have to look it up again. Limpkin. Limpkin. Limpkin.


There were three or four of what I call odd ducks roosted at the water’s edge. Surely there is some Mallard in there.

Odd Duck

This Purple Gallinule walking across lily pads was most entertaining. By the time it disappeared into the grasses, it was running.

Purple Gallinule

The Red Heron, not to be confused with a red herring, looks a lot like a Little Blue Heron, except for the red neck and head.

Red Heron

A Great Blue Heron was standing majestically along the shore as we walked by so, of course, I took some photos. The most interesting one was when it stopped being majestic and scratched its chin.

Great Blue Heron

The Gallinules were abundant and active today. Their feathers were iridescent in the bright sunshine.

Purple Gallinule or Moor Hen

I saw this egret catch a frog. Swallowing the frog was a different story. We stood and watched for a long while as the egret seemed to have succeeded only to spit it back out and start over.

Great White Egret with Frog

The problem seemed to be the frog’s front legs which kept sticking out at the top of the egret’s beak.

It was a dexterous trick to spit the frog out and flip it around to a different position.

The egret’s throat was bulged out. I was feeling a great deal of pity for the poor frog. I hoped it was dead early on.

Poor frog. We watched it go in and out of the egret’s mouth until we got tired of standing there. We walked on and did not see whether the egret ever got its lunch down to its stomach or not.

I have never seen a gallinule with wings spread like this. This photo will make a great addition to my bird-butt collection.

Purple Gallinule

There must have been some pest annoying it. We saw a lot of flapping and scratching before moving on.

The red heron was just a shiver of feathers the moment before I snapped this picture.

Red Heron
Venetian Gardens Canal

At one point a gallinule seemed to be fussing at us as we began to cross a bridge. Then I spotted a nest in the weeds. There were at least two black fuzz balls in there, but I could not get a good picture of them. Ah, spring! I love babies.

On the far side of the bridge, a newly-hatched Common Gallinule/Common Moorhen was out of the nest and on the lawn. Two siblings were at the edge of the nest, not quite ready to conquer the grass.

Common Moorhen with Chick

It is about the size of a newly-hatched chicken.

Moorhen Chick

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a turtle with so much moss on its shell.

Fuzzy Green Turtle

Some water lilies at the edge of the lake are in such shallow water that the flowers do not sit on the surface. This one was about a foot above the water.

13 thoughts on “May 1, 2019 – Venetian Gardens Park

  1. Gary May 4, 2019 / 4:23 pm

    Glad you had this nice outing! Very enjoyable pictures.


  2. Sharon Starling May 4, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    Great pictures. Thanks Dinata. We’re in Brunswick, GA heading to North Myrtle Beach for stowing through hurricane season. Then head to Suttons Bay, Mi. FYI. Cass and Fred got Harbor Hosts of the year from MTOA.



    • Dinata Misovec May 13, 2019 / 9:05 am

      Hooray for Fred and Cas. They are certainly the most friendly and hospitable marina operators I’ve ever encountered.

      Be glad you are not in Marathon now. It is HOT HOT HOT. We are here for a week and heading home on Wednesday.


  3. Peter's pondering May 4, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    Lovely pictures. You’ll have to imagine the Limpkin as an elderly relative having to walk with a stick. Limp and kin. Maybe it’ll work!


  4. mollyblossom2014 May 4, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    I’m so glad you’re reporting from your wonderful parks, and that you’ve renewed your interest in photography!!! Gallinule chick…wow!


    Sent from Betsy’s IPad



    • Dinata Misovec May 13, 2019 / 9:02 am

      We have been so busy with medical appointments that we haven’t gotten out much lately. Those little black fuzz balls were so cute.


  5. Paul Day May 6, 2019 / 8:25 am


    We enjoyed your photos so much!


    Paul and Liz

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10


  6. Jane Wilmer May 7, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    nice to hear from you!

    Sent from my iPad



    • Dinata Misovec May 13, 2019 / 9:00 am

      Where are you now? We are in Marathon for two more days and then heading back to Leesburg.


  7. Deborah Whitaker May 20, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Enjoyed the pictures!


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