Tag Archives: Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule Runway

I thought I would be leaving Orlando Wetlands without seeing a Purple Gallinule, but finally spotted one out in the open, poking through the floating vegetation.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule Walking On Pond Vegetation

A half hour later another one, a bit closer, presented me with a reflection opportunity.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

And then, wow–he was on the run showing off those massive feet and toes…

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

…and their ability to spring into the air.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

Orlando Wetlands, Christmas, FL
January 18, 2023

Purple Galinule Eating Lily Blossom

Holding onto the lily blossom with his left foot, this Purple Gallinule demonstrated how to eat while floating on vegetation.

Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily
Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily

These iridescent beauties are occasionally seen in South Carolina but I have only seen them in Florida’s freshwater wetlands.

Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily
Purple Gallinule Eating Water Lily

Purple Gallinules tend to be shy, and this giant water vegetation provides them with great cover as well as food.

Water Lily and Dragonfly
Water Lily and Dragonfly

April 10, 2022