Spotted this one on the East bank of the river Guadalquivir.
This is a major river which divides Andalucia with the province of Huelva on one bank and Cadiz on the other. Where we are staying in Sanlucar de Barrameda is on the east bank and at the estuary, on the opposite bank is the famous Coto Donana reserve. You can cross over by ferry but access is highly restricted, no roads and really you can only walk or cycle along the beach.
However on our side there are extensive marshes and some reasonable roads so most of the bird life that you get in Donana also occurs here. Including this rather stunning bird.
At first I only heard it, there were some Coots about and also a Moorhen but it was too noisy for them and also made lots of low sonorous almost snoring noises with the odd more coot like cluck.
It was deep in the reeds, so I waited and watched, not knowing what to expect, then I saw some movement and got a smidgen of a view, Purple, bright purple so then I knew and I waited and eventually got a couple of shots where you could see its head with the red eye and red bill.
I did get a couple of shots of its rear end which is also quite distinctive and diagnostic but there was no doubt about what it was. Unfortunately it stayed put, deep in cover so that was the best I got. Eventually it started to get dark so it was time to give up.
However whilst watching the Gallinule also called a Swamp Hen I was entertained by a Sparrowhawk flying by, a pair of Cetti’s warblers, a pair of Waxbills ( introduced originally to Portugal and now spreading), a Marsh Harrier, and lots of Chiffchafs, also a rabbit briefly appeared and a horse walked past on the other bank.