Purple swamphens at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge
Purple swamphens are a common species along the River Murray, including here in my home town of Murray Bridge, South Australia. They are usually quite happy to graze along the river’s edge, on the nearby grass on the river banks and on the lawns where the local council maintains picnic areas and reserves. They can also be commonly seen along swamplands and the dairy flats in the lower reaches of the river here.
I am always delighted to see this species, especially when the sunlight catches the beautiful colours on the birds, as in the photo above.