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Purple Swamphen

Michael John

Oatley, Australia

Artist's Description

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.

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