Sunday, May 20, 2007

Pretty Bird, Pretty Bird


I thought you might like to see the bird I spotted Saturday. He was up in Lakeland at Lake Hollingsworth. I know that probably doesn't mean anything to most of you, but some of you will appreciate it. What is it? Well, I thought it was an ordinary moorhen, but once it got closer, I was rather shocked by the coloration. This is a purple gallinule. They have to be in just the right light to get all that color, though. In the shade, they're just plain old ordinary black, although they do still have stat light purple spot on their heads. There were plenty of these at the lake, although I don't know how common they are in other areas. This one was looking for a handout, which he would carry back to 4 babies he (or she) was taking care of. Not the most ecologically sound method of child rearing, but it seemed to be working.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not to long ago a photographer from Canada got a good shot of one on Lake Parker. I had the photo on my site, LakelandLocal.com

Chuck Welch