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Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9241203

Taken this morning on a large lake about 50 miles inland from the S. Carolina coast. Anyone recognize him/her?
Sorry the photos are clearer but I was a good ways away. From the coloring, I'd guess it's possibly a juvenile, but a
juvenile what?

Any help appreciated. Can't find a good match in my Peterson guide.

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Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

August 14, 2012
9:26 AM

Post #9241234

looks like a immature Purple Gallinule or Common Moorhen to me. Not sure which one. Look at the bill length & shape. Length of wing feathers doesn't fit for Grebe or Rail and bill doesn't fit a Rail
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2012
9:30 AM

Post #9241239

Immature Gallinule was the closest I could see in my guide, too, Donna. I'll check the Moorhen. Thanks! :)
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9241251

Here's a marginally better view of the face and bill. I'm thinking purple Gallinule

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United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 14, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #9241544

Juvenile Common Gallinule (formerly Moorhen, but split from that recently). Note the dark centre to the white undertail (obvious in the first pic), juv. Purple G has pure white undertail. Also grey neck (rusty-brown in juv. Pruple G)

Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9241814

Thanks, Resin!

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