Greens, Not Grays

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.

Purple Gallinule in Everlades National Park

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:

Purple Gallinule in Everglades National Park

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!

Purple Gallinule in Everglades Nationbal Park
Check out how the opened wing resembles the lily pad.

6 thoughts

  1. Wow!! As I zoomed in on your beautiful pictures of this amazing bird, I found myself saying “Wow!!” out loud! 😊 How gorgeous, and how very perfect he truly is! Every part of him is uniquely suited for his environment…just another example of how our awesome God has adapted every creature to perfection. Thank you for such a wonderful glimpse into our beautiful world! ❤❤

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  2. What a bird! The second picture is lovely, it feels like it’s coming back from shopping with much groceries in its basket 😀
    Your observations about how the gallinule blends into its surroundings are very interesting, it’s indeed not what one would expect from a purple bird 😀
    Keep up the good work, I’m looking forward to more pictures from Florida!

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