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 Post subject: Purple Gallinule
PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:05 pm 
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Purple Gallinule Clwyd Saltney 29/07/10 probable in the ditch on the building site yesterday (present for several days)


via birdguides


not too far from chester zoo then................


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:40 pm 
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It has been confirmed. I assume it is an escape, but worth a look all the same. It could jump off a ship and therefore be just about tickable.

I will go after work as i am down the road.


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No matter where it came from they are a super looking bird.
Shame there is no sun shining to enhance it's appearance !


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 Post subject: Purple Gallinule
PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:38 pm 
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Photo of the bird on the RBA web site.john


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Still present this a.m., as I am heading over to Tattenhall today no doubt I will drop in on it. Another for the escaped list!!!


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Location: probably not out birding :-(
No sign between 19:15 and 20:15 last night, but it was seen just before.

It seems to like the area just past the bridge, but the ditch it is in must be 500 yards long and you can only see 60 yards of it at most.

The 2 people I know to have seen it yesterday say it doesn't appear to have any rings, and it was seen in flight.

If it's a escape, where from? I don't think they have Gallinules at Chester Zoo.

Its been there at least a week, possibly up to 3.

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Location: probably not out birding :-(
In answer to my own question, the wonderful world of the Internet tells me they are here -> http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/m ... making.php, can't find anywhere else.

E-mail sent to Chester Zoo asking if they have any.

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Location: probably not out birding :-(
and there is a picture on Birdforum if anybody is interested.

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 Post subject: Purple Gallenule Saltney
PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:10 am 
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Great looking bird showing well this morning and coming to bread it's as plastic as they come .john


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:12 am 
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JOHN.ROBERTS wrote:
Great looking bird showing well this morning and coming to bread it's as plastic as they come .john


Chuck some of that bread at the (Wild) Moorhen's, see what they do :-D

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:51 am 
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JOHN.ROBERTS wrote:
Great looking bird showing well this morning and coming to bread it's as plastic as they come .john

Just like the Porthmadog Laughing Gull a few years back, John?!?!


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Nice bird to see, has some quite abraded feathers. One local resident had it in her back garden and sitting outside her back door. Maybe it could be mis-netted and feather taken for analysis to see if that helps in the wild/escape debate!


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the wild purple (swamphens) gallinules of the Sydney parklands are very tame too and will happily take bread from around your feet - saying this, I am not for one moment suggesting it's a wild bird.


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Nice bird, showed very well from 2.30-3pm this afternoon. News from other people say that it is definately not one from chester zoo as they don't keep them there. So where did it come from? Its an eastern race species and it appeared pretty tame which is the total opposite to the birds I saw in Spain back in April.

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 Post subject: Purple Gallinule
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I see them here in Qatar almost every Friday during my weekly birding trip on my day off. They are very brightly coloured when you see them in full sun. They breed here in Qatar.


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