While I once witnessed a heron take an adult little grebe, it's usually the young moorhens
and coots which are in danger of succumbing to that long piercing bill.
The species used as reference to evaluate andcorrect the incidence of positive phases are:blackbird (Turdus fuscater), red beak moorhen(Gallinula chloropus), shiny cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis), rufous-collared sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis), and yellow beak moorhen
feeding a chick in Queen's Park, Loughborough, by Colin Barsby.
The Welsh Ornithological Society website (birdsin.wales) highlights a number of species missing vital evidence of breeding from Pen Llyn, including Moorhen
, Coot, Dunnock, Chiffchaff and Sparrowhawk.
These shy birds, relatives of the moorhen
, spend most of their time hidden away in reeds and dense waterside vegetation.
As usual a water fight ensued, with pond weed and mud balls thrown - all closely watched by a moorhen
who never moved off her eggs.
"Very fishy, rather stringy and reminiscent of moorhen
, which I also dislike."
A VIDEO of a giant Orangutan saving a drowning Moorhen
chick from a pond at Dublin Zoo has become a global YouTube sensation.
It is urging restraint in the shooting of ducks, geese, coot, moorhen
and waders, including reared mallard and woodcock.
Members of Sirhowy AS were also in Gloucestershire for their match and the winner on Moorhen
Pool at Hillview Fishery, Tewkesbury, was Pontllanfraith member Anthony Perkins .
RARE spotted crakes - relatives of the moorhen
and coot - have been seen in Somerset, Dorset and Cheshire on their way to Africa from their breeding grounds in the marshes of Europe.
They taught me all the country ways including collecting moorhen
eggs, scrumping for fruit, pulling up potatoes and cadging dried milk from the mill.