Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 369 - Australasian Swamphen (aka Purple Swamphen)

I know that I have posted pictures of these birds - possibly this actual bird - before, but I really like them.  They are also one of the more visible species on part of my local patch.

So, these are Australasian Swamphens (Porphyrio melanotus) which are now considered a full species rather than a sub-species of Purple Swamphen.








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17 comments:

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It is always a great bird to see, Stewart.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
it doesn't matter how often a bird (species or individual) is spotted, each image is different and worth the viewing! I like the swamphens to, there is something of the elegant clown about them. YAM xx

italiafinlandia said...

Their bill is particularly remarkable.
Nice to see them!
Cheers.

Rhodesia said...

They are pretty birds and I love the water reflections. Cheers Diane

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

THATs a bird we have in Florida.

This N That said...

I like the definition in their coloring..Remarkable red bill...Like the reflections as well...Good pictures as always..Enjoy the rest of your week...

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

It does not matter how often we see birds they are always good to see. Great shot and reflections Stewart. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

Wally Jones said...

That's a very nice series of photographs, Stewart!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Our Florida exotic swamphens were called Purple Swamphens but although there may be some mixed blood they are now considered to be Gray-headed Swamphens, a distinct species. They do not closely resemble your birds as to head color and contrasting dark wings.

Brian King said...

Vibrant colors!

Sharon Wagner said...

Nice colors. It is fun to see so many birds on your blog that I've never seen before.

Rohrerbot said...

I can't wait to see this bird! Nicely captured.

Marie Smith said...

Love the colours of this bird!

Pat Ulrich said...

Lovely shots! Always a treat to find these reclusive wetland birds!

Cath said...

Wow, I love your photo's this week....I really should be more active looking for different birds...mine are not so spectacular this week but nevertheless, I linked anyway

Lea said...

Very colorful!
Hope you are having a great week, and thanks for hosting WBW!

A Quiet Corner said...

I remember seeing a bird that resembles that when vacationing in Aruba. Of course, I had no idea what it was, but there was a man also bird watching who told me it was a moor hen of some sort...:)jp