Immature Purple Gallinole

Earlier this summer there were a couple of Purple Gallinole that had chicks.  They built their nest a few feet from a boardwalk at the Celery Fields so it was possible to follow the progress of the chicks as they developed.  When I first saw them they were little black puff balls with the distinctive red area above the beak, but when I took these photos a couple of weeks ago they were adult size.  They are just starting to have signs of the brilliant adult coloring.  I like the subtle shading though.  And of course there are those feet.

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