Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Purple Gallinule

Hello,


My bird this week is the Purple Gallinule. It is a swamp hen in the rail family. The adult has big yellow feet and blue-purple plumage. This bird looks beautiful when the light is shining just right on it's feathers. It seems to be a common bird seen in our local Lake Parker Park in Lakeland Florida.




The Purple Gallinule has a pale blue forehead with red and yellow bill.


Lake Parker Park is just a short drive away and we usually see the Purple Gallinule every time we take a walk at this park.


I hope you enjoyed the Purple Gallinule and my photos. Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

67 comments:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nice pictures.. Well-done Eileen..

✿ chica said...

Todas lindas e coloridas! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

Giga said...

It is lovely and has fakyucznie big feet. It's nice when near their stay are beautiful places. Regards.

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

That first image is like a professional portrait!! A Striking Pose!!

Florence said...

We have them here along the Texas Gulf Coast. There is certainly no difficulty in identifying this bird. If you see one, you know exactly what it is! Happy birding!

Lynn said...

Well that's a beautiful fellow!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

What an amazing bird Eileen. Reminds me of a moorhen but much more colourful! Have a lovely Tuesday :)

Crissi said...

Beautiful shots - well-done Eileen!
Happy day
hug Crissi

Sandra said...

this is my first viewing of this bird, photo or in life. he is beautiful. love those colors

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
What a cutie - love that plumage!!! (Am back from travels, so need to get back into the swing of blog stuff again!) YAM xx

Lynne said...

Now then . . .
If I happened on "that chap"
I'd say . . . "mighty fine find today!"

ann said...

A very interesting bird. Its red beak must certainly be a clue as to what it is when you see it from a far.

Dicky Bird said...

What a pretty hen..bird..never seen anything like that. Thanks for sharing.

Mildred said...

A first for me and I enjoyed your photos so much!

Mary Hone said...

Wow, so much color. I love that.

A Quiet Corner said...

A beautiful color combination...nice shots!!...:)JP

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I have enjoyed you living in Lakeland Eileen!! Being a native Floridian, I know all the birds you capture ---- except this purple gallinule!! He's lovely!! Because of his body shape, I thought he was a type of a duck until I looked back at his feet. Such a neat bird!!
As always, a great catch
!!

Dianna said...

What a lovely bird...so full of color...especially like the beak with the red and yellow.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Better than their unique color...listening to them. They are a riot.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a gorgeous bird! Now I'm wondering if I've seen one too. I usually see coots or moorhens...have to go back and look at my pics! Enjoy your day! This weather is fabulous, isn't it? Hugs, Diane

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful bird! It has very special colors.

Happy Tuesday!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a colourful rail!

Linda W. said...

what a colorful bird! I really like its beak.

Cat Lover said...

What a gorgeous bird! Great photos Eileen.

Debbie said...

WoW!!! what a beauty!! you captured some great images!!!

Country Gal said...

Such a pretty bird love the colours ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day and Happy March .

Tom said...

...interesting critters.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Moorhens, have a nice day Eileen.

Linda said...

Wonderful photos of this gorgeous bird, Eileen! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you are having a great week. :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

It's so colorful - love those bright yellow feet! Great captures, Eileen! xx K

Charlene N.K. said...

That's really a beautiful bird! Thanks again for the nice photos and some information about this bird.

happyone said...

He certainly has a colorful beak and those yellow feet too.

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hi Eileen, Those are lovely, colorful birds. And, the big yellow feet, along with the yellow tipped beak, really do add to the uniqueness of the color palette. Very pretty photos! Have a great day!

RedPat said...

Funny creatures, Eileen!

Susie of Arabia said...

What a colorful head this fellow has! Nice shots!

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

It is fascinating when I visit here and discover these birds that I've never heard of before and see the lovely photos of them that you capture there.

Dee said...

I didn't know you lived in Lakeland. Our son went to Florida Southern College. We loved going down to visit... Lakeland is LOVELY.


Last time we went to the Orlando Wetlands Park we ran into a bunch of hikers that were looking for purple galinules. We saw the regular old "black" ones, but didn't see any purple ones that day.

Lois said...

Gorgeous bird!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Absolutely wonderful shots of a unique bird. Love them!

magnoliasntea said...

What a gorgeous bird! I especially loved seeing it in the water, it's so pretty.
Lovely post, Eileen.

The Yum List said...

What a pretty looking bird.

Michelle said...

Wow! What a cool bird! Good looking, too!!

Martin Kloess said...

one more wonderful dat, A beautiful model. Great backdrops.

Wandering Wren said...

A striking looking bird indeed - I am walking around a new park in Thailand and commenting on how few ducks there are on the pond. Always a delight to see your photos Eileen, sorry I have not been able to get here so often!
Happy Wednesday.
Wren x

bettyl-NZ said...

What a cute bird. It reminds me of our pukekos but ours have red legs and feet.

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Eileen, oh yes I certainly have enjoyed seeing the Swamp Hen. They always amaze me how they walk across those big lily pads with their enormous feet.
Your photos are brilliant - lovely to see them. Cheers :D)

rupam sarma said...

Lovely pics :))
Greetings

Phil Slade said...

Hi Eileen. That gallinule is rather special. It is huge and that bill and feet really reinforce the overall size
Nice colouration too.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such lovely colours this bird has.
Thanks for sharing your lovely photographs.

Happy wishes for the month of March

All the best Jan

Lady Fi said...

What an unusual bird - very pretty!

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
wonderful photos of this rare bird. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

Missy George said...

It's bill looks like candy corn..Huge feet..Striking bird..Happy March

LOLfromPasa said...

What a neat looking bird. Similar looking to a moorhen.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those gallinules are the prettiest ones -- but they and their 'common' moorehen cousins all make me laugh because of those enormous feet! They are really fun to watch on land, but hard to spot there -- you got some great shots.

Amy Franks said...

what a unique looking bird, it reminds me of our native pukeko.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, The Purple Gallinule is a beautiful bird and your pictures are great! I am starting to see why people like to winter in Florida! :-) Congrats on the new header too … wow, nice work! Hope you are having a happy week. Take care Eileen!

September Violets said...

What a pretty bird to see in the marsh. I like the name "marsh hen". Wow, those giant yellow feet look a little odd on this bird. They seem out of proportion or something. Enjoy your day Eileen :)
Wendy

amanda peters said...

Beautiful bird and colour...
Amanda xx

Rose said...

Oh, Eileen, they don't look real...so beautiful and unique!

Connie Smiley said...

What a cool looking bird, Eileen! I love the coloration.

Stewart M said...

Great looking bird - so a very similar species in India. Will have to check if it is in fact the same species.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Denise inVA said...

Fantastic photos of the Purple Gallinule Eileen. An extraordinary bird to be sure.

Sandi said...

He looks like a toy! Love the bright colors. Isn't that amazing?

Liz said...

What a great bird! It is very similar to our Purple Swamphen.

NatureFootstep said...

these are great birds. Gorgeous images!
We have a similar one in Sweden but the coming season will probably come with just too little water for them to thrive. Water level is low already :(

Mary Cromer said...

What a beautiful collection and I get these confused I think with the Common Morehens. They are similar I imagine. I am so late getting back to my blogging, it has been a stormy kind of week, calmed down now, but now very cold! Have a beautiful weekend~

Chris Rohrer said...

You know. I'd stop and watch this bird all the time. It's a rarity for us here in AZ and a miracle that it even comes to visit at all. It's such a beautiful bird.

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