It was a delight to finally see the Purple Gallinule which I had heard of and we're very familiar with their relative the common gallinule which are abundant at the small lake by us. I'd heard that gallinules were timid and avoided people which was confusing because when walking around the lake groups would run towards us hoping for food. Obviously these are long accustomed to people to be so bold.
The Purple Gallinule is a striking bird, it's big, brightly colored, and noisy. They have strong legs and long toes allowing it to run on open walk on floating lily pads, and clamber through marshes and waterside trees. They nods their head as they swim and fly short distances with its legs dangling below it.