Nature and Wildlife Photography, mostly South Florida, mostly birds
Monday, February 27, 2012
Common Moorhen, #29/50
The Common Moorhen is a hoot to watch run on top of the water. They seem to be chasing one another - and I've never seen any other bird be able to run on top of the water like the Moorhen~ We all want to feel special, and I feel bad for anything that has the word "common" in their name :-(
The yellow-tipped red bill, red frontal shield and white line on the flanks distinguish it from similar species. It is a very dark duck like bird, with long legs and toes, and swims readily with a bobbing-head motion, despite its unwebbed feet.