This American Purple Gallinule was hunkered down among the reeds on the shoreline of Lake Griffin at the Bourlay Nature Park in Leesburg, Florida on April 19, 2018 at about 6:00pm. I spotted the bird because it got spooked by the presence of an American Alligator circling around in the shallows of the lake near where the gallinule was hidden.
The Purple Gallinule that I photographed is a male and it sure is handsome with bright blue and purple feathers, a red-orange fleshy area over its beak, and bright yellow legs and feet. The Purple Gallinule resembles the Common Moorhens and the Common Coots. The Purple Gallinules often are spotted in shallow waters on the shoreline of lakes, striding around on top of lily pads and reed mats. It has long thin toes which help it stay balanced on tippy floating leaves. By the way, this is only the second Purple Gallinule I have ever spotted. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!