Thursday, June 24, 2010

Krek-Krek-Krek of the Moorhen

Adult Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

Moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) are widely distributed throughout Ireland and are found in a wide range of wetlands. They are omnivorous and have a strong vegetarian inflence, with grazing accounting for 75% of time feeding (Pollack and O'Halloran, 1995 Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 95B pp. 59-64). Swimming with a jerky, head bobbing motion, they can often be heard in flight at night (Hayman and Hume, 2002 The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe pp. 91).

Two Juveniles

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