I found this rather large bird – it’s about 48cm tall – on our local pond, sandwiched between the bike path and the free way.
It’s an aggressive beast, and can often be found lording it over other birds from the heights of a reed patch. When something offends it in any way they start changing about in a madly aggressive fashion. Its favourite targets seem to be small children and smaller ducks.
Having said all that it’s a rather splendid looking bird and in bright light the blue of its feathers is something to be seen.
You can find more world birds here, and you can see the latest post on my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention link on the RHS of the page.
Enjoy the birds.