Speechless Sundays (Sort of)- Mother Nature's Way with Colors!

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Purple Gallinule

 

My favorite color is purple.  I love the movie “The Color Purple”... my Droid cover for my phone is purple.... one of my bathrooms in a former house was Violet Stone by Benjamin Moore... and one of my favorite birds at Green Cay is the Purple Gallinule.

The Purple Gallinule is a member of the rail family and lives primarily in warm swamps and marshes.  We’ve been lucky enough to spot them out at Green Cay in Boynton Beach, Florida but they’re not as prevelant as the Common Moorhen or the American Coot.  

I love to watch them climb very gingerly out to the end of the stalks of Fire Flag, their favorite food of choice at Green Cay.  Known for their big feet,   I once saw an industrious Gallinule use his beak and foot to bend fireflagback the tip of the stalk so he could better reach their prize...a purple flower!

If you’re out at Green Cay, look carefully and if you’re lucky you’ll see the sun just glancing the wings of the Gallinule and that’s when you’ll see the most gorgeous colors Mother Nature has given us.

 

 

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I believe I've seen that little guy at the San Diego Zoo. The birds at the Zoo are difficult to get pictures of because they have so much foliage to hide in.

November 27, 2011 10:03 PM
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Kathy,

Purple is my favorite color and I think I've seen The Color Purple at least a dozen times or more! Those birds are absolutely beautiful! I just finished reading Mimi's post on ordering holiday cards through MOO. A box of cards with these birds would be perfect!

I'm glad I stopped by to see your birds. They brought a beautiful smile to my face.

Patricia

November 27, 2011 10:46 PM
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Joni Staples
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I have lots of friends who love the color purple. I love anything BRIGHT! Purple, pink, lime green, yellow, orange... the brighter, the better! Love the photograph. It could be a painting!!

November 28, 2011 12:06 AM
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DeeDee Riley
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Kathy,

I love purple too!  I've never heard of these birds but they are really beautiful.  Thanks for sharing!

November 28, 2011 10:54 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Sally- thank you.  They're best seen when the sun hits the wings just right.

Sharon- every day is a new day.  No gators this a.m. but saw a hawk and lots of coots.

Janice- I've been a little lazy lately and haven't taken my 'big boy" camera but will have to start again.

BARFF- thanks!  I gravitate towards anything purple.

Eric- I've run into the problem of not being able to get off the boardwalk to get close enough to some of the birds.  That's ok, though... not fond of snakes or gators.

Patricia- I think I've seen The Color Purple at least half a dozen times.  Love it. 

Joni- I can see you liking those colors!  Would have been surprised if you'd said brown or blue.

DeeDee- I'd never seen one until moving here.  I'd love to see one of their nests but they really hide them. 

November 28, 2011 11:03 PM
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