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Saturday, October 14, 2017

ADULT AUSTRALASIAN SWAMPHEN & CHICKS, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID the adult bird as a Australasian Swamphen by its large red bill and shield, red eyes, orange-red legs, black head and nape, dark gray upperparts and purple-blue neck and chest.  This swamphen use to be a subspecies of the Purple Swamphen, but has been upgraded to a full species.
   The Australasian Swamphen is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 614.