Purple Gallinules at Circle B Bar!

After having heard about a great wildlife spot named Circle B Bar for a while, I decided to wet my toes and go check it out. Located in Lakeland, Florida, that land was a cattle ranch that the Polk county bought out. After proper planting of local plants, the place morphed into a very attractive marsh system that scores of birds call home today. In fact, this is the best marsh habitat I have visited in the area.

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) - Circle B Bar photo tour

Purple Gallinule – Circle B Bar, Lakeland, Florida.
ISO 1000 | f/5.6 | 1/2500 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review) coupled with the 1.4x extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III on a gimbal head over tripod. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

One of the species that is fairly easy to observe and not very common at other wildlife hotspots is the Purple Gallinule. Though it is fairly easy to see them, it is quite difficult to create a photograph with a non-distracting background as the bird loves to stay in the marsh plants. But with some patience and some Photoshop expertise, here we are. This is one of the instances where one needs to remember what I call the triangle for success: good head angle, good sun angle, clean background.

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) - Circle B Bar

Purple Gallinule – Circle B Bar, Lakeland, Florida.
ISO 2000 | f/5.6 | 1/1250 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review) coupled with the 1.4x extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III on a gimbal head over tripod. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

Another photograph from the same day at Circle B Bar.

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