Purple Swamp-hen
Porphyio porphyrio poliocephalus


Photographer

Dick Newell

Date

7th May 2003

Location

Fen Drayton, Cambs.

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This splendid bird put on a good show trampling and chomping the bull-rushes. It originally arrived on the Great Ouse in 1998 , provoking an enormous twitch - until someone pointed out that it was the grey-headed form, poliocephalus, from somewhere in India or the middle east, the bird having escaped from Hamerton Zoo.


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