On Saturday afternoon I decided to find out if any birds felt like being photographed in some late afternoon light - the kind of soft and golden light that we all enjoy.
I decided to have a look around a small pond that lurks next under bridge, near the freeway, a five minute drive from my house. There seems to be a resident pair of Purple Swamphens there - and as they are a bird of rather photogenic character I thought it was a good choice.
The birds did not let me down. Although the tall reeds can sometimes obscure them from view, the trip yielded some decent pictures (well, I think they are decent anyway!). This post is also a chance to use some of the pictures of this bird I have taken in the past.
The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a large and often obvious water bird - it grows to about 48 cm long and can often be found strutting about with a clear sense of ownership and authority!
I could not help including the last picture - this bandy legged individual looks like its involved in some form of folk dance!!
( I have notice over the last month or so that the number of people linking to WBW is falling a little - if you have any suggestions about WBW please feel free to leave them in the comments or in the WBW tab - of course, if you are reading this it probably means you have linked up already!)
So, over to you - click the link and off you go! SM