Amazing how different birds look in the early morning light, depending upon which side of the boardwalk they’re on! Well, actually, it depends on whether I am looking toward the sunrise, into the shadows, or if the sun is behind me 😉I caught sight of this unmistakably-shaped bird, a Purple Gallinule, in the shadows on the “wrong” side of the boardwalk the other morning. I only wished the lighting was better.As I watched him clamber up the narrow stalks of the Fireflag plant to reach the choicest blossoms, I thought about how much better a photo it would be if he were out in the full sun. Purple Gallinules look so much more brilliant when sunlit, as in the featured image on this post.All of a sudden, I heard him fly to the other side of the boardwalk, and hoped I’d catch a glimpse of him on the “sunny” side. As I turned around to look, he reappeared in the water below, showing off his beautiful face so I could take a better picture in the sun. What a cooperative bird~!