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Balance of Purple

Balance of Purple
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-04-23
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-02 12:22
Viewed: 2115
Points: 9
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The glorious Purple Gallinule peeked out her lovely self and balanced among the reeds this day as we were Treking in the Florida Wetlands

It's a brightly colored marsh bird that is about the size of a chicken. It has blue and green feathers, long yellow legs, very long toes and a red bill with a yellow tip. It can be found in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma. It winters on the Gulf Coast. It is also found in Central and South America and the West Indies

Here's how to spot this brightly colored, tropical bird. Just stop and LISTEN and watch for movement in the reeds. Tho brightly colored they scoot so fast amongst these reeds!

One day I caught a swamp hen alot bigger then the gallinule but instead of a violet purple forehead it was bright red. Today this Gallinule was balancing on the reeds to eat a purple flower! I did capture a film of one as she crept out to eat the vegetation. Feel free to view (tho its a poor quality video, I'm learning) Purple Gallinule

Their breeding habitat is warm swamps and marshes in southeastern states of the United States and the tropical regions of Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. This species is resident in southern Florida and the tropics, but most American birds are migratory, wintering south to Argentina.

The nest is a floating structure in a marsh. Five to ten eggs are laid. Their coloration is buff with brown spots.

They are omnivorous - their diet being known to include a wide variety of plant and animal matter, including seeds, leaves and fruits of both aquatic and terrestrial plants, as well as insects, frogs, snails, spiders, earthworms and fish. They have also been known to eat the eggs and young of other birds

So good to make the time and contribute!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-02 12:30]

Hi Brenda,ggod capture despite the distance,light and difficult location,the detail are bit soft but the colors very very good,an interesting specie not often seen on TN,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Brenda, What a gorgeous bird with lovely long legs and beautiful colours. Its claws are long and no wonder it has difficulty to hold on the thin tree branches. Good light and colours with well thought composition. Thank for sharing

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-02 16:26]

Hello Brenda,
The Purple Gallinule is such a gorgeous bird with an array of colors, blue, purple, red, yellow, turquoise and a bit of white thrown in for good measure.
I just love those spindly legs with their super long claws. It was hard to believe that it was able to hold onto the leaf in your vide for as long as it did.
I saw one of these beautiful birds while in Nicaragua last year while we were taking a boat ride, but by the time I got my camera up it was gone.
You did a fine job on this shot as well as your video. Thank you for sharing them both with us.

Brenda, good to see your pic after a fairly long break.
Good capture of this Purple Gallinule perched on reed -- something that these birds are not known for doing.
Except for a little over exposure here and there, it is a lovely image.

Bonsoir Brenda,
La profondeur de champ semble bonne, pourtant le sujet m'apparaît très légèrement flou ; la photographie a peut-être était prise sans trépied, ce qui expliquerait un léger bouger à cause du poids de l'appareil et de son objectif.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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