Just in the middle of potato peeling when I glanced out of the kitchen window to see an unusual, for me, visitor peeping round one of the planters. It was already looking very wary so I reached for the camera and took my time bringing it into view.
Slowly the Moorhen came into full view and showed off its enormous, for the size of body, feet. No wonder their walk is so ungainly.
After a brief look round it moved over to the lawn and found a few tasty bits of seed left over from the lot I had scattered first thing this morning.
After a short while it noticed me and gathered speed as it strode off to the far corner of the garden.
This is only the second time I have spotted a Moorhen in the garden and the first time to get some half decent photos. That red beak with its yellow tip is so brilliant, especially against the duller colours of the rest of its body. I had never noticed before that the legs are yellow / green. A while later it was wandering round the front garden.
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