2/17/11 ~ Featured in Imaginative Skulls
2/19/11 ~ Featured in Beautiful
On 2/7/11 I took my first airboat ride at Gator Park located in the Everglades National Park – Miami, Florida, USA. The Everglades was teaming with wildlife and I was fortunate enough to capture the gorgeous Purple Gallinule.
According to our tour guide, the Purple Gallinule is a brightly colored marsh bird that is about the size of a chicken. It has purple, blue and green feathers, long yellow legs, very long toes and a red bill with a yellow tip. This bird winters on the Gulf Coast and can be found in several states such as Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas as well as in the West Indies and Central and South America. The bird’s preferred habitat is freshwater marshes with aquatic vegetation such as lily pads and pickerelweed. Diet consists of a wide variety of foods including frogs, grasshoppers, dragonflies, spiders and water plants. Although not a very good flyer, this bird is an excellent wader – the bird’s long toes are used to distribute weight and can often be found walking on lily pads.
Canon EOS Rebel T2i
F/8, ISO 100
Exposure: 1/160 sec.