Pretty in Purple

Posted on by Melissa Penta

During our trip to Florida, we visited Venetian Gardens Park in Leesburg to photograph the beautiful Purple Gallinule. I had seen them at this park last year, but wanted to upgrade my photos because the lighting was harsh during that visit. The birds did not disappoint this time by.

Purple Gallinule

We were able to get plenty of photo ops with them. Lighting was still tough, but the birds were very cooperative so there were plenty of chances to get decent shots.

Purple Gallinule

Unfortunately, some required a bit of post-work to brighten the shadows.

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

The birds would pass right by as I waited low to the ground.

Me and a Purple Gallinule

Me photographing one of the foraging birds

Purple Gallinule

And the resulting image (in bad light)

The birds really showed off this time by. Disappointingly, some of them were following around people who were feeding the ducks. The birds also seemed to think that we had food to give them but scurried away when we refused to feed them.

Purple Gallinule

Thankfully, one of my best photos, a head shot of the bird, was taken while it was foraging naturally within the reeds.

Purple Gallinule

I enjoyed watching these birds move along the edge of the water with their very large feet.

Purple Gallinule

I even had the chance to photograph one walking over lily pads – a photo op that I really wanted but missed last year!

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

I would certainly say that I got better photos of them this year. Of course, I am always looking something for even better.

Purple Gallinule

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Discussion

  1. Jon Corcoran on

    Love this ! What an awesome set of this often elusive bird. Showing the wing hues is so cool to. Very nice set :-)

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  2. Keith G. on

    Is this a seasonal bird? I will be driving near there late April and would like to stop by and get some shots if I can.

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  3. Keith G. on

    I finally visited this park yesterday and really enjoyed it. The gallinules were plentiful, and there was quite a variety of critters to observe and behavior to photograph. Thanks for the post pointing out this park.

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