Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chasing a Gallinule

Since I had today off from work, I decided to see if I could find the Purple Gallinule that had been seen up in LaPorte, IN. I contacted my friend Brad who is from the area and has been speaking with the owner of the property where the bird has been seen, and he arranged for us to go over and check it out. It turns out that the gallinule has been present since May 6 and is quite tame.

I left home at 5:30 this morning for the two and a half hour drive to Dunes State Park where I was meeting Brad. I arrived a little early and decided to bird for a little bit. All I managed to find were a bunch of mosquitoes! I met up with Brad and we headed over to LaPorte. It was very strange to be pulling up to a residential community to look for a gallinule, but there we were in the middle of suburban LaPorte hunting for it! It didn't take more than 10 seconds to find the bird and it was quite cooperative, allowing many close photos. It was just about the easiest rarity to find that I have ever chased!

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule in LaPorte, IN

-Rob

1 comment:

Mary Lou said...

Wow! What a wonderful picture!