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Photography => Ontario Birds => Topic started by: Dinusaur on October 20, 2021, 06:56:10 pm

Title: Purple Gallinule
Post by: Dinusaur on October 20, 2021, 06:56:10 pm
A juvenile of this species has been around in Cell 1 in Tommy Thompson Park since Sunday. When I first heard of it I ignored it thinking that I've already seen one in India and didn't like to drive along congested DVP to see one again. Then I did a bit of research and realized that what I saw in India is the old world version of it and considered a different species, Purple Swamphen vs. Purple Gallinule. So, On Tuesday afternoon I packed my folding bike in the trunk and headed out - luckily DVP was relatively empty and the demolition of the Gardiner Expressway at the ramp to Lakeshore was complete. After biking to the location I immediately found it walking on lily pads or sitting on rock sunbathing. Here are some photos of it and also posted a photo of an adult Purple Swamphen from India. Note the color difference of the legs (Yellow vs Red) of these two species. Being a juvenile. the Purple Gallinule hasn't developed its striking plumage yet.

Purple Gallinule - Juvenile
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51611183242_bb65525fee_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/60250038@N02/J3Tuvy)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51612890420_d0ec03ea15_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/60250038@N02/)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51612890450_de875560d6_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/60250038@N02/4ZKK59)

Purple Swamphen - adult (also known as Purple Moorhen and Gray-headed Swamphen)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/7829/40277422203_d22682026c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24nbjnR)
Title: Re: Purple Gallinule
Post by: Charline on October 20, 2021, 07:08:17 pm
Great shots!
Title: Re: Purple Gallinule
Post by: Ally on October 20, 2021, 07:23:16 pm
wow, exciting indeed!
Title: Re: Purple Gallinule
Post by: Shortsighted on October 20, 2021, 07:35:27 pm
What drive! I don’t mean the trip, but the dedication and pluck. Well done … as usual.