Quiet young beauty in the shadows

What a sweet and gentle expression on the face of the young Purple Gallinule featured above!IMG_2267This little beauty was peeking out from among the pond greenery next to the boardwalk. Despite the low lighting and the shadows playing on his face and back, I couldn’t resist posting a few shots of him. IMG_2286Just before he climbed deeper into the reeds, the young Purple Gallinule treated me to a glimpse of his soft blue wings, a sure sign of his identity. (Audubon)P1010833In the coming months, the juvenile will mature into the brilliant appearance of this adult Purple Gallinule who was wading nearby, with its iridescent bluish-purple feathers and brightly-colored beak and powder-blue shield.


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