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Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule
Photo Information
Copyright: Howard Goldberg (xtxhoward) (36)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS3
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-18 8:03
Viewed: 3446
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Right next to a generic Florida strip shopping center, you'll find the Wakodahatchee wetlands. The name, Wakodahatchee, is derived from the Seminole Indian Language and translates as "created waters." Fifty acres of unused utilities land have been transformed into a wetlands ecosystem, home to birds, frogs, turtles, fish, and alligators.

This little beauty is a Purple Gallinule. Its favorite food are the blooms and buds of the Fireflag plant. The Fireflag blooms are at the end of long, pliable stalks. The Purple Gallinule will tight-rope up, and ride the bloom stalks down to the surface of the water to get at the blooms. They can support themselves on top of lilly-pads because of their long toes. Whether feeding or resting they always stay close to cover and will often avoid prolonged observation.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-18 8:37]

Horward Hallo!
Nice catch some excellent colors and good contrast.
We welcome on TN, and many points and nice comments.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-06-18 10:09]

yeah, what a beauty! :-) excellent sharp capture of the pretty bird. love the colors and
composition with it walking through the wetlands. well done & welcome to TN, thor.

Hallo Howard
My time is very limit but, I would like to say that this is a beautiful bird with vivid colours, not only on its plumage but all over. Just love the two coloured beak and the light blue on its forehead. The green plant life in the background is the ideal backdrops as it emphasis the details of this bird to its best. I also like the glint captured in the polka dot eye. Point of view, pose and composition is great. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-06-19 21:59]

Super image Howard, welcome to TN.
This is a new one for me, I've never heard of this particular bird before. Gorgeous colors and wonderful detail make for a fantastic photo!!! Well done! TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-25 20:51]

Wow, Howard, you certainly caught a lot of colors on this gallinule.
What a gorgeous palette of hues.
The light is a bit on the bright side, and a shame about the shadow cast by the blade of grass, but all in all, a great shot.
TFS. : )

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