12-15 inch rail type water bird with an overall black appearance to the feathers with a bright red beak and forehead covering. With a 3-4 inch long juvenile with cartilage top not visible.
Manmade swampy everglade area. This individual was on a shallow area covered with plant material.
Again a very common and widespread Florida species but took this shot because of the very visible cartilaginous top of the head of the baby.
Lat: 26.46, Long: -80.07
Spotted on Mar 15, 2014
Submitted on Mar 16, 2014