Gray-headed Swamphen

Porphyrio poliocephalus

ML192758101


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John Patten Moss
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eBird Checklist S62202264
Altamaha WMA--Butler Island
McIntosh, Georgia, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 31.3488, -81.4454 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags
Habitat;

Media notes

Showing broken left leg.

Observation details

Huge Swamphen with iridescent blue plumage, red legs, and red face. Mac and I first spotted this bird standing on matted reeds in a very exposed location. Initially, we thought that the bird's left foot was tangled in the vegetation, as it was rotating in circles to forage. Shortly thereafter, we noticed that it was slightly moving and that it's leg was actually badly broken. After posting to GABO, we contacted the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with details about the sighting. While waiting for their arrival, we remained at the bird's location and observed as it fed continuously on reeds in its immediate surroundings. During this time we also noted that the bird had no bands or markers of any kind on its legs. GADNR's attempt to capture the bird led to the bird flushing, proving it capable of flight. The bird evaded capture, somehow tucking into the cattails despite its mangled foot. The last that we heard, the bird was still at large, though it was not visible when we left. Photographed here: (31.3438917, -81.4479325).

Technical Information

Model
COOLPIX P530
f-stop
f/5.9
Focal length
288 mm
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
ISO
180
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
2,605KB
Dimensions
3000 x 2250

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