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Purple Swamphen
Lens: SMC Pentax-M 400 f/5.6 Camera: K200D Photo Location: Perth, AU ISO: 400 Aperture: F8 
Posted By: goddo31, 07-21-2010, 07:41 AM

Myself and some work mates managed to get out for a quick shoot at lunchtime on Tuesday. Heading to a local swamp park, we were initially disappointed with the apparent lack of birds to photograph. However after persisting for a while I managed to find this Purple Swamphen (P. p. bellus) walking around and snapped a few photos.

Nothing too special, but I haven't used this lens for birds for quite some time, so I was happy to get close enough and get some sharp shots. Mind you it is a big bird...

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And here is another of the local swamp denisons, the extremely common Pacific Black Duck:

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07-21-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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now THATS a bird i've never seen/heard of before.. great capture... thanks for sharing... kinda makes our indigenous birds look dull.... dave m
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I'm with Dave - that bird looks as if it were from another planet. The first shot, especially, is terrific, Jason.

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Dave, Jer; thanks for your comments
Apparently (according to wikipedia), there is a large population of the European variant of these birds living in Florida, originating from escaped captive birds.
It is a bit of a strange or evil looking thing!


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They are a very common bird here in Australia around wetland areas.
Called the Waterhen more commonly.

Nice shot, Jason. Whereabouts was this taken? Never mind, I see you are in Perth.
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Thanks for looking and leaving a comment, Bruce.
Taken in a swamp park area in the northern suburbs of Perth.

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That's a first for me too. Great capture. JIM

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