We just got back from four days in the Everglades National Park, where we were blessed beyond measure with lots of birds and a welcome break from the bleak grays and browns of mid-winter Indiana.
One of the birds we REALLY wanted to see was the purple gallinule.
I mean, come on…the bird is PURPLE!! But then, when we saw one traipsing around on the lily pads, we realized…the purple, the blue, the green, the yellow of its feet – all of it absolutely blends with the colors of the water, the vegetation, right down to the seed heads of the lily pads that it eats, whose orange borders perfectly match the base of its beak.Check it out:
My favorite part of this bird is its feet. They are comically large…until you realize their purpose. They are perfectly created to allow the gallinule to walk on top of the aquatic vegetation in search of its food. After all, swimming in the water with alligators is not advisable!