Purple Swamphen by Michael John

The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as the African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule, Pūkeko or Purple Coot, is a large bird in the family Rallidae (rails). From its name in French, talève sultane, it is also known as the Sultana Bird.

This is the Australian subspecies (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus)

Captured in the Royal National Park near Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Canon G12, as is.

The World As We See It – Apr 2012
The Birds – May 2012
Amazing Wildlife – May 2012

I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnalmost 3 years ago

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture

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    – Michael John

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardalmost 3 years ago

    Great capture, Michael. Beautifully colored bird.

  • Thanks for the fave Sheryl

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks for the fave Judy

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  • sedge808
    sedge808almost 3 years ago

    Nice head (hat) thing.

  • lol – fashionable?

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    4 May 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

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    Qnitaalmost 3 years ago


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