Not long into our kayak excursion into the wilds of backwater Florida, Lori spotted movement in the pennywort near the shore. "A Purple gallinule!" she whispered.
I had never seen this bird before and I was terribly excited! I took some shots from where I was floating, then paddled around for a better angle, hoping the bird wouldn't fly away.
What a wonderful creature! The iridescent blues and purples, the mahogany eyes, the silver patch on its forehead and bright white undertail coverts. Oh and of course that candy corn beak!
What you can't see in these photos is that the bird has bright yellow legs with huge feet. There is no solid ground under these plants, and I assume the long toes allow this bird to walk on top of the floating foliage.
What a stunner!