Taken while canoeing in Juniper Springs Wilderness Preserve, North Central Florida. I believe this to be an “American Coot”. They can be seen in copious numbers sunning themselves on fallen trees or outcropping of rocks when the weather is right. I love to watch them scrambling over each other for the best spot in the sun.
**Note of interest: Last shot of the day, because upon taking this, my canoe went sideways up against this very tree that the little turtle is sitting on, scaring him to death and tipping me into the water! My camera was saved by a miracle…I don’t know how I managed to keep it above water!
Also from Juniper Springs Wilderness Preserve