Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday 23 - Dusky Moorhen

Just to show that my life is not just one long trip to exotic locations, full of strange and wonderful birds I have never seen before, I give you this weeks Wild Bird - the Dusky Moorhen!

I managed to find the time to visit my local lake this Sunday - the rather fetchingly named Surrey Dive.  The last time I visited a few weeks ago I sat between two reed beds and and a great hour or so with birds all over the place.  This time I discovered that the place has become a worksite!  More than half of the lake has been fenced off and much of the vegetation on the far side removed - this is all temporary so I am told - but (as they say in Yorkshire) "I was not best pleased".

I sat with the picnickers and model boat enthusiasts and saw some very nice Dusky Moorhens - well they were as nice as Moorhen can get.  This species is Gallinula tenebrosa. Its about 40cm long and looks pretty much like all the other moorhens I have ever seen.  There were a few birds with chicks, and these little balls of grey fluff are rather amusing - although I think that the splodge of red on their heads is faintly silly!

For all my sarcasm about them, they are busy little birds that are rather fun to watch.  And they were much better to watch than the model boats!




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37 comments:

Gary said...

Interesting birds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty shots, stewart.

Johnny Nutcase said...

I like moorhens! That last shot is adorable with the baby :) Good ones all around!

Indrani Ghose said...

They are so interesting to observe. I got some captures of this variety in Brul, Germany.

NatureFootstep said...

I like those chicks and like you I think the red on their heads are pretty silly too.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas. :)

Carletta said...

You got some lovely shots Stewart!That last shot is very sweet.
Sounds like a lot of activity going on at the lake.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Very nice takes of all.


Merry Christmas
God bless!

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful pics. I haven't got a chance to shoot a moorhen!

mick said...

Too bad about your park being taken apart but at least they left enough habitat for the moorhens to live.

Andrea said...

My mother had Moorhens on her little pond in Florida years ago. They were always her favorites ... kind of the love of an underdog. The are homely and awkward, but oh so cute ... Loved your pictures. Brought back many fun memories.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Brian King said...

Beautiful! Very similar to ours.

Heather Wilde said...

Yorkshire born and bred, your post really did make me smile!

i stora drag said...

I like your photos - and this bird, which I have never seen! :)

Wish you a Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting! /Pia

Andrew said...

A bird that reminds you of Blighty Stewart? Lovely to see.

Adam Tilt said...

Looking remarkably similar to our UK Moorhens Stewart. Nice photos.

Bush and Beach (Australia) said...

Great shots! I hope the alterations at the lake don't frighten the birds away :(

Island Rambles Blog said...

such an interesting bird, looks so funny with that beak, but a pretty nice bird anyway. You got some good close shots Stewart.Hope you have a good holiday season.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Great shots of this interesting duck! I took shots of a anhinga today, but Bertha (5DMII) refuses to focus properly, so I'll miss another week of WBW. :(

Dan Huber said...

Great shots. I love the Moorhens.

Arti said...

Amazing captures! I am seeing them for the first time! They do look elegant! Have a nice day Stewart :)

Wally Jones said...

Any day outside looking at birds is better than one inside working!

Your Dusky Moorhen is very similar to our Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus). The folks in charge of Naming All Birds changed its common name from Gallinule to "Common Moorhen" several years ago and then recently decided to go back to Gallinule. Poor bird - causing so much fuss!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I'm glad I clicked on them to see larger. I especially like the last image. Very sweet!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, great shots of your Moorhen. Except for the work going on I am glad you were able to get out and watch the birds. Have a great day!

Amanda said...

I love Dusky Moorhen babies! they are so funny with their orange heads! amazing how fast they grow and paddling around so quick.

Kerri said...

Oh I think they are lovely. Especially love the shot of parent and little one .... what a sweet shot!

Maurizio Riccio said...

Sometimes common critters is all we got and we should make good use of that opportunity as you did! I personally think the Moorhen is a rather fetching bird..

Nice post!

Phil said...

A species so much like our own UK version Stewart. Like you say, not very exciting but they are always entertaing, especially when they fight to amongst themselves. Thanks for hosting the gallery and joining all the birders in this way - this morning I've been all over the world for nowt and I'm not even a Yorkshireman

Rohrerbot said...

This is similiar to the Common Moorhen here. Love this day. I get to read a lot about birds:)

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely shots, Stewart!

DIMI said...

Very beautiful shots Stewart!Lovely birds!
Dimi..

phylliso said...

They are a lovely bird,Stewart!As always,thanks for hosting!phyllis

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

lovely bird!

Le said...

Great pictures. Interesting.

Pam :) said...

They be common but always fun to watch as they ramble among the reeds.

Thanks foe hosting WBW, Stewart.

Have a wonderful day :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...


The Moorhen is a very interesting looking bird, and any time one watches water birds, has to be a fun time too~

pattisjarrett said...

You have some amazing bird followers! The young are interesting to watch. I keep forgetting you have spring/summer, the perfect time to find those young fowl.

Jen said...

Don't forget they are not common to everyone. I don't think I've ever seen one. Thanks for posting.