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The Stunning Purple Gallinule

Such amazing photos!

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P3010891 ADULT GALLINULE NESTING Reinforcing nests…

“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.” – Robert Wilson Lynd

P3000434 PURPLE GALLINULE FORAGING FOR lotus while two immatures stretch and preen Adult Purple Gallinule and Juvenile

With long yellow legs and exceptionally-long toes, the Purple Gallinule paints the wetlands’ landscape with its handsome presence. Quite skittish in most settings, this species has adjusted to the presence of humans in the nearby Parque la Vegas in Portoviejo Ecuador.  It joins a small cast of feathered occupants that claim this petite little man-made marsh not far from my apartment. (I suspect that it was built on earthquake rubble.)  For the past two weeks I have visited the ‘segua’ often to record the rapid growth of the newest generation of Purple Gallinules.


P3020237 june 9 baby gallinule big foot Baby Gallinule, what big feet you have!

P3020177 june 9 baby gallinule foot detail The better to scratch my itchy face with!

The new chicks…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 14, 2020 at 8:49 pm

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