Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 26 - Dusky Moorhen (again)

I know I posted some picture of this bird a couple of weeks ago - but I can't resist posting another one.

I think we can get carried away with the need to visit designated Nature Reserves and miss out on the small and often overlooked patches of nature that lurk in our local area.  Keeping this in mind I'm trying to visit some of these "small places" now that I have long summer evening after work.

This image was taken early on a wonderfully still morning on a small pond formed by the Eastern Freeway.  It has less chance of becoming a well known nature reserve than my back garden!


If I was going to be picky, I'd would have liked to have been able to get rid in the duck in the background - but I could not find a way to do it and still get a good profile of the moorhen.  Oh well!

Now its your turn to get involved with WBW.   Don't forget to visit as many sites as possible and to invite your friends and family to link to WBW.


46 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

well, you may not have been able to get rid of the duck at the top, but the reflection did it perfectly for you. :) beautiful image, stewart.

please be safe in tasmania!

Mama Zen said...

What a great shot! Love the reflection.

Modesto Viegas said...

Good composition!
Well done!

i stora drag said...

Wow, what a reflection, I didn't think it was the same bird at first sight!

Hope you are alright, we heard about the fires and the heath you're having.
Greetings Pia

Hanne Bente said...

Great picture you show :) Hanne Bente

Karen said...

A great shot of a handsome bird! Terrific reflection and lovely vibrant colour!

Carletta said...

A gorgeous reflection!
I don't think the duck distracts at all Stewart.

Andrea said...

The little duck wanted some notoriety too ... you wouldn't want to cut her out. Anyway, as everyone has noted, you got the perfect image in the reflection. I agree that we should spend more time close to home. It reminds us of how blessed we are to be so close to nature. Nice picture, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Brian King said...

Beautiful bird and reflection!

HansHB said...

Great photos!
I wish you a great evening!

EG CameraGirl said...

Nice reflection!

Ken Schneider said...

Reminds me of our Purple Gallinule, which I have found to be much rarer in areas invaded by Purple Shamphens. Such a perfect reflection-- are you sure the photo is not inverted?

pattisjarrett said...

Nice photo and reflection. Thanks for the tip to look closer to home.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Amazing, crisp reflection of the moorhen! In some ways, the reflection has clearer detail of the feathers than the bird itself!

Kerri said...

I lived in my area for 5 years before finding out I had WONDERFUL spots.... just minutes away. Now I try to visit them as often as I can.
LOVE that reflection!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love this bird and a stunning reflection!

Andrew said...

It's a lovely bird to see Stewart..

Kusum Sanu said...

That female mallard seems to be a bit far. That make reflection perfect! Great shot! Thanks for hosting WBW.

Jo said...

OMW Stewart, what a beautiful image, I have linked to this blog - my post only appears tomorrow (Wednesday) and also have a Moorhen. But I cannot ID it too well. Have a great day. Greetings from Tanzania, Jo.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

This is a stellar reflection image!! I know what you mean about distracting things in your image, but honestly, the moorhen is so perfect I hardly noticed the duck behind him. Great job! Sorry you are dealing with fires and such. If I could send you some of this miserable rain, I would!!!

Amanda said...

Beautiful! They are sweet birds.

Carole M. said...

beautiful waterbird and great reflection Stewart

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, it is an awesome shot of the Moorhen! The reflection is beautiful. Thanks for hosting WBW, have a great week!

Adam Tilt said...

Great reflection Stewart and I completely agree concerning how good small local places can be.

DIMI said...

What a wonderful photo and reflection Stewart!I love this picture!Hope the fires ended in our country!Have a lovely week!Dimi..

mick said...

Great photo of the bird with that reflection. I reckon you city types have it too easy with your designated nature reserves! I have to go and find my places for myself!!

edenhills said...

It's a great shot! I didn't even notice the second bird until you noticed it. Maybe it's because I was envious of your long summer days. :-)

Island Rambles Blog said...

I am starting to really like this Moorhen and the reflection is so great!!! We don't have Moorhens so this is a fascinating bird to me. Hope all is well there and no fires where you are. thanks so much for doing this meme, not many places for a birder, twitcher, bird nutter to go to on the blogs.

Becky said...

I've never seen this interesting bird before, and wonder if it's related to out Coot?

Arija said...

I was so mesmerised by the moorhen, I did not even notice the duck until you mentioned it. I love the way you seem to have captured the hen and cock in the same picture. Yin and Yang in the reflection.

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely image!

Dana said...

I love the reflection!

Jennifer said...

Need some help with mine today!
http://blissfulyogajourney.blogspot.com/2013/01/its-duck-its-goose-its-a.html
Tried Linking up but not sure if it worked!
Thanks :)

~~~jennifer~~~ said...

Wow! Awesome shot! The bird is great, but the reflection is perfect!

Gillian Olson said...

Great shot of the moorhen and wonderful reflection.

Findlay Wilde said...

That is such a good picture. From Findlay

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful shot and an even better reflection. I didn't even notice the duck until you mentioned it.

Larry said...

Cool reflection shot of the Dusky Moorhen. It looks a lot like our "Common Gallinule," formerly the "Common Moorhen" ;-)

Jen said...

I only recently discovered I'm surrounded by birding sites, many of them small neighborhood parks. I have seen a few in the backyard, too.

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

Ah summer. What? We are in the middle of winter here in Ohio, USA. That's one thing I really love about blogging, talking with folks from all over the globe! It's just something I don't think about every day that you are enjoying summer!

Fantastic photo. I love the reflection! Thanks for hosting.

Pat Tillett said...

Hi Stewart! Long time...
I didn't even notice the duck until you brought it up! It's a great photo!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

;') late to comment, but I will begin with you Stewart;') Love your Moorhen images, and the last one with the reflection is great, yep, even with the Duck...I like that Duck too~

Phil said...

I didn't notice the duck either until you owned up to it. Never mind Stewart, the Moorhen shot is fine. Like you I'd much rather work my own patch than rush here, there and everywhere. Thanks for hosting the gallery - lots of places to visit.

Pam ;) said...

Lovely bird and its watery reflection.

Thanks for hosting WBW, Stewart.

NatureFootstep said...

why not turn the shot upside down and keep only the reflection. It´s good enough. :)

Connie Smiley said...

What a cool shot, Stewart! Thanks again for hosting WBW.