Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 75 - Dusky Moorhen.

So, finally, I have a WBW bird where the name makes sense - well sort of anyway.

This is the Dusky Moorhen - Gallinula tenebrosa - a close relative of the common Moorhen, which is found all over the world.  "Moor" in this case is an old term for a swamp - so this is a swamp hen - which is just about as accurate a name as you can find.

I'l just post some pictures of this bird - hopefully showing that while it may be Dusky, it's not without some charm.






Now its over to you - click on the link below and off you go!  (It's been a long day, and I have just got back from a school Christmas event - hence the brevity of the post!)

35 comments:

Dave said...

Charming indeed Stewart.

Unbelievably I had a Common Moorhen visit my waterless garden for 4 days running last winter....

Some lovely light on your images here, lovely shots mate.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like these birds a lot -- and we do see them (exactly the same for a change). Lovely pictures -- hard to get,they're shy!

TexWisGirl said...

love the smoky, charcoal grey!

Sylvia K said...

Handsome fellow for the day!!

HansHB said...

A great serie of this Dusky Moorhen! Very special bird!
We have "sivhøne" and "sothøne" in Norway. Perhaps the same famely?

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Their charcoal coloring is dazzling in the lighting you're captured today, Stewart.

EG CameraGirl said...

Ah, your moorhens look a lot like ours in North America.

Andrea said...

I'm not a guy, but if I were and I was a leg guy, I would be hot for those colorful legs. Dusky or not, I love the legs and the smudge of red on their faces. My Mother used to have Moorhens on her pond, but I don't remember them being so colorful. They behaved a lot like chickens on the ground ... I think their personalities befit them :)Great post, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Karen said...

It's quite attractive, and the chick is sweet! Terrific shots Stewart!

Chris Rohrer said...

Yes....it is a bit duskier:) Although it looks like a Common Moorhen to me....kinda:) I love their chicks. Great shots!

babsjeheron said...

What a striking bird, lovely photos!

Montanagirl said...

They have big feet - for wading? Very attractive bird.

Findlay Wilde said...

I really like their rainbow legs. From Finday

edenhills said...

That certainly is an interesting bird. Very unusual shape.

Sharon Wagner said...

A good name indeed.

Phil Slade said...

OK, I'll let you off that one. It is a bit on the greyish side of black but not a patch on a real Moorhen. Only kidding of course. Thanks for being a great host Stewart.

eileeninmd said...

The Moorhens are cool birds, great shots Stewart. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I think it to be quite charming. I wonder why they use names like Common and Dusky when naming lovely creatures.

travelwithintent.com said...

What a dark beauty!

Pallavi said...

It does have a mystical beauty about it.. Swampy but still charming :) have a great week ahead Stewart !

Christian Perrin said...

Beautiful shots - looks like a very co-operative bird standing like that in the light!

I've looked at a few of these related birds around the world and they all look the same to me!

mick said...

A great series of photos. I especially like the first one with the adult and juvenile.

dancingaspensfarm said...

Beautiful!

Brian King said...

Beautiful shots! I like the contrast of bill and legs against the plumage. They're similar to our Moorhen.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart Love the many colours in this birds legs. I won't be posting next week as it is Christmas Day so may I wish you and your family a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and may you have a blessed new year. Thanks for hosting.

Gordon said...

Its always good to hear of a new bird, though I have to say (as you know)ours is a tad more colourful.
All the best Gordon.

Babs Helferich said...

schön :)

bailey-road.com said...

They're really rather pretty! Great series of photos, Stewart. You captured them at their best!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

He's a beauty!!

Mama Zen said...

What a unique bird!

Larry said...

Great shots of the Dusky Moorhen Stewart! I always en joy seeing the "Common Gallinule" (Moorhen, Swamphen) here too, especially during breeding season.

Adam Tilt said...

Great shots Stewart. Not dissimilar from the Moorhen we get here in the UK.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Interesting looking bird.

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting feet and beaks. Nice shots. MB

Pat Tillett said...

I really like his dark coloring. His legs are pretty colorful as well. I'd say he is a handsome bird!
Nice photos Stewart!