Purple Swamphens playing coy

The first sight of the Purple Swamphens in this video is their unique tracks in the sand. Then we hear a peeping and a squawking and a bit of a kerfuffle behind the reeds. A bird emerges for a quick appearance, before going back to the more interesting companionship of its fellows. A few minutes later, I came across another pair of birds out in the open, and filmed them too. Notice their big feet as they walk across the lily pads.

Common name: Purple Swamphen

Scientific name: Porphyrio porphyrio

Approximate length: 50 cm

Date spotted: 6 March 2016

Season: Late summer

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’26.6″S 151°14’44.3″E

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About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 2016/03/06, in Birds, Swamphen and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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