An old photo…
Eastern Swamphen (Porphyrio Melanotus)
Featured in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group, May 2011
The Australian Mainland generally (whenever conditions are suitable) expect in WA south of Fortescue River; also in Tasmania and many other islands.
In pairs or in flocks, frequenting reedy margins and flats of rivers, backwaters, and swamps. It sometimes congregates in large flocks.
The call is loud and resonant.
Grass, aquatic plants and freshwater molluscs.
Open, composed of reeds, rushes and other plant material; placed on a plataform of broken down reeds or in a tussock.
Five to seven, pale brown to creamy brown, with pots of purplish-brown and faint markings of slate-gray.
August to December or January
INFORMATION FROM THE BOOK***
What Bird Is That?
Cayley’s classic guide to the birds of Australia