Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 32 - Tasmanian Native-hen

Tasmania is about 150 miles from the  mainland of Australia and has been separated from the mainland for about 10,000 years.   As a result it has a number of endemic species - that is ones that are not found anywhere else.

One of Tasmania's least colourful endemics is the Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula mortierii). This flightless bird is closely resulted to Moorhens.  Its about 45 cm long and can generally been seen dashing about from patches of cover.

Luckily for me these birds seemed a little more relaxed than some and were more willing to show than most of the others I saw.  This could be due to the fact that they were outside I coffee shop that also sold ice-cream!

As you can see the chicks are of such supreme ugliness that you can't help but like them!






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54 comments:

Rajesh said...

Great looking hen.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show of a cute Native-hen with chicks :) Hanne Bente

dinascitywildlife.com said...

They do look just like our moorhens with the red nose. Nice catch on these! Love that red eye.

Johnny Nutcase said...

I still think these guys are pretty cool, even if they're lacking some color. And any baby chick is a cute one in my world! Great pics!

Carletta said...

The yellow beak and red eye are quite attractive on the adult so it would seem the little ones grow into beauty.
Wonderful shots Stewart!

Andrea said...

Ugly is Beautiful ... it's all in the eye of the beholder. I love this little sweet hen who is clearly related to our Moorhens so far, far away. Thank you again, Stewart, for broadening my knowledge. I am about to put Tasmania on my Bucket List ... though there probably is little chance I will make it there.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Kerri said...

I think she's lovely!! and love that you captured the baby with her :)

Karen said...

If it wasn't for the red eyes she'd be quite plain. The chick is cute. Great shots Sewart.

i stora drag said...

I don't think they are ugly! Quite sweet! Nice captured, Stewart.
Greetings Pia

EG CameraGirl said...

They do remind me of moorhens. I honestly don't think they are ugly though, at least when compared to turkey vultures. :))

Mitzi said...

Great shots Stewart! Thanks for hosting the hop!

TexWisGirl said...

very cool looking bird! had a purple gallinule stop here one year. such powerful legs!

Brian King said...

Love that red eye! They bear a resemblance to our Moorhen, just not as flashy.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They do look quite a bit like our moor hens of which I can never get a picture. Your Baby birds aren't any homelier than the eaglets I have. I like them all!!

Richard Pegler said...

I bet you think of Moorhens from the old country when you see these Stewart! Great post!

Pam ;) said...

Out for a stroll by the ice cream to see if anyone is handing out free samples.

Great captures of Mama hen and her chick Stewart.

Ken Schneider said...

Its robust body structure reminds me of our exotic Purple Swamphens. I've not seen its small chicks for comparison.

Rebecca said...

I kinda like the awkward teenage stage that chicks go through. (That might be because my teenage daughters are going through the same stage!)

mick said...

Great photos. The sunshine shows off the different colors on the plumage.

Adam Tilt said...

Ugly? I rather like the chicks.

Heather Wilde said...

Hi Stewart, Findlay is away in North Wales at Grandma's but has given me strict instructions to link up his most recent blog and let you know he will be back sharing and commenting next week. Love those chicks, big stocky brutes!

Carole M. said...

new one to me Stewart; thanks to you for sharing your photos

grammie g said...

Hi Stewart...Those eyes are unforgettable even if she hasn't got the prettiest feathers out there : )
I can't seem to get a link on my post back to WBW ..I prefer not to use url's !!
Grace

Gary said...

Great series of shots. I can see why you like to live in Tasmania. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

Lovely serie of photos of this special bird!
Well done!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, cool sighting of the native hen. And the chick is a cutie. It is nice that they were out in the open. Great shots! Thanks for hosting, have a great week!

DIMI said...

Hi Stewart!Nice hen with chicks! Nice captured too!What a lovely island Tasmania is!Have a great day!
Dimi..

dancingaspensfarm said...

Very neat! I love those eyes!

She Who Carries Camera said...

those red eyes are somewhat spooky!

Becky said...

Intresting bird Stewart. A great beak for cracking seeds and whatever.

Gowri Saligram said...

Love it! It's always special to see endemic birds of a far-away island. They are so like the birds of the mainland, yet so unique!

Jo said...

Wonderful post. I've only ever heard of the Tazmanian Devil, now you show us the Tasmanian Native Hen. Hope you're having a great day. Greetings, Jo

Sleepshort said...

Ugly can be cool....
Your photos are quite wonderful, and your posts are always entertaining. Thanks for this enchanting post.

pattisjarrett said...

I see what you mean about the young one. That seems to frequently be the case with young birds.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I love the action of the hen running...love the chicks so cute.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

I like the forth picture in where baby is running behind...

HOOTIN ANNI said...

It does resemble a moorhen.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Not so attractive, and yet in ways they are, for I love those wonderful eyes! Of course any place that serves coffee, and ice cream must be a great spot for birding too;') I love them all!

Phil said...

They look a lot sturdier than Moorhen Stewart. I wouldn't fancy taking one out from a bird bag.Thanks for hosting the gallery again.

Liz said...

So similar but so different to the Moorhen... both have ugly chicks though!!
Great shots, Stewart!

~~~jennifer~~~ said...

It's so fun to see birds from other parts of the world. I love the hen's red eye. Thanks for sharing.

bailey-road.com said...

Nice series showing this bird and its young. The legs look very powerful.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

It may not be very colorful, but I love that red eye. Nice shots, Stewart! Thank you for hosting WBW! It's one of my favorites, me being a bird nerd and all. :)

Müge Tekil said...

Ugly but very interesting species! With its non-functional wings, big + thick + strong legs and funny walk, it really seems to be a descendant of the dinosaur family :)

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Wally Jones said...

Interesting information on this species! Nice photos, too!
The chick is beautiful to his Mama!

NatureFootstep said...

interesting bird. And such red eyes it has. It does look like moorhens and the young too.

Thanks for hosting. :)

Shirley said...

What great photography..you made this species look beautiful..

Esther Joy said...

Interesting looking birds! ...The coloring, and the red eyes caught my attention.

Gina Gao said...

This is a very interesting post! I liked the pictures very much.

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Les Fous du Cap said...

This comment was just a small allusion to spring ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Marie said...

Your moorhen is delightful! My grandson likes to ask me to name five flightless birds and I am always stumped because there is a tendency to want to add roadrunners and chickens because they don't fly MUCH but they can fly for a very short distance. I'm never sure if that's cheating. You've given me a new one to add! I'm thrilled you got a shot of the baby, also! Oh, and I love the new size you are using for your pictures.

Jen said...

I think the baby chick is adorable.

Cindy said...

Beautiful!! Love their red eyes.

Pat Tillett said...

I've certainly never seen any of these before. The chick is cute! (in it's own way)