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Plodding along The backwaters of Kerela are full of weeds and floating botanic islands, making it perfect place for these birds to hop from float to float! :) 2014,Cochin,India,John Rowell,Kerala,Kerela,Kochi,Porphyrio porphyrio,Purple swamphen,adhocphotographer Click/tap to enlarge

Plodding along

The backwaters of Kerela are full of weeds and floating botanic islands, making it perfect place for these birds to hop from float to float! :)

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The western swamphen is a "swamp hen" in the rail family Rallidae. From its French name ''talève sultane'', it is also known as the sultana bird. This chicken-sized bird, with its large feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is easily recognisable in its native range. It used to be considered the nominate subspecies of the purple swamphen. It is found in Iberia, France, Sardinia and North Africa to Tunisia.

Similar species: Crane-like Birds
Species identified by JohnR
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Uploaded Jan 30, 2015. Captured Dec 31, 2014 07:46.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/5.6
  • 1/800s
  • ISO640
  • 700mm