The Purple Gallinule is one of the easiest birds to identify. It looks
like a preschool class captured it and exercised their painting skills
all over it in full crayola color.
They are fun to watch when they try to climb out the slender flower stalk of the
Fire Flag plants to nibble
on the purple flowers. The stalk bends under their weight, dipping
toward the water, while their giant yellow feet cling to their narrow perch.
Dottie Ann shared her way of remembering the name of the
"The red nail polish on the Gal I Knew, and the white
beak on the old Coot."
Thanks Dottie Ann.
Now, if you're looking at both a
and a Purple Gallinule, the red beaks could still get
confusing, but the purple is pretty hard to miss.
The very purple bird was sitting on her nest, mostly hidden beneath
the leaves in a mixed growth of Pickerelweed
. She stood
briefly and I could see her eggs:
Some eggs were intact in the nest, but others had already hatched into tiny black fuzzballs.
I went back and tried to get photos of the chicks as they grew up, but
they're too hidden beneath the leaves most of the time.
Check out those giant yellow feet! I didn't expect to see this bird in the Cypress Tree, but there it was...
My, what red eyes it has!