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!)
Charming indeed Stewart.ReplyDelete
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.
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!ReplyDelete
love the smoky, charcoal grey!ReplyDelete
Handsome fellow for the day!!ReplyDelete
A great serie of this Dusky Moorhen! Very special bird!ReplyDelete
We have "sivhøne" and "sothøne" in Norway. Perhaps the same famely?
Their charcoal coloring is dazzling in the lighting you're captured today, Stewart.ReplyDelete
Ah, your moorhens look a lot like ours in North America.ReplyDelete
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 ...ReplyDelete
Andrea @ From The Sol
It's quite attractive, and the chick is sweet! Terrific shots Stewart!ReplyDelete
Yes....it is a bit duskier:) Although it looks like a Common Moorhen to me....kinda:) I love their chicks. Great shots!ReplyDelete
What a striking bird, lovely photos!ReplyDelete
They have big feet - for wading? Very attractive bird.ReplyDelete
I really like their rainbow legs. From FindayReplyDelete
That certainly is an interesting bird. Very unusual shape.ReplyDelete
A good name indeed.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
The Moorhens are cool birds, great shots Stewart. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!ReplyDelete
I think it to be quite charming. I wonder why they use names like Common and Dusky when naming lovely creatures.ReplyDelete
What a dark beauty!ReplyDelete
It does have a mystical beauty about it.. Swampy but still charming :) have a great week ahead Stewart !ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots - looks like a very co-operative bird standing like that in the light!ReplyDelete
I've looked at a few of these related birds around the world and they all look the same to me!
A great series of photos. I especially like the first one with the adult and juvenile.ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots! I like the contrast of bill and legs against the plumage. They're similar to our Moorhen.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Its always good to hear of a new bird, though I have to say (as you know)ours is a tad more colourful.ReplyDelete
All the best Gordon.
They're really rather pretty! Great series of photos, Stewart. You captured them at their best!ReplyDelete
He's a beauty!!ReplyDelete
What a unique bird!ReplyDelete
Great shots of the Dusky Moorhen Stewart! I always en joy seeing the "Common Gallinule" (Moorhen, Swamphen) here too, especially during breeding season.ReplyDelete
Great shots Stewart. Not dissimilar from the Moorhen we get here in the UK.ReplyDelete
Interesting looking bird.ReplyDelete
Interesting feet and beaks. Nice shots. MBReplyDelete
I really like his dark coloring. His legs are pretty colorful as well. I'd say he is a handsome bird!ReplyDelete
Nice photos Stewart!