14 July 2010

Moorhen Babes

Little black puff balls of feathers are being found all about the wetlands. Common Moorhens are finally getting into reproduction gear and now that the water levels are back up we are finding families scattered around Green Cay. I love watching the family dynamics. Babies begging for food, parents feeding, adults fighting, everything is a show for moorhen and also loud. These birds really like to cackle.

The other day I was digiscoping a family feeding and I noticed that two of the flock had taken a rest on a nearby plant. I loved how these bald wonders sat there all gangly with large feet. Moorhens are really the ugliest of all the baby birds but they are amusing on a slow summer day.

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