Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Appleton Reservoir

I've never seen a moorhen behave like this before. As I walked along the bank of the reservoir, it dived under the water and then just raised it's head high enough to watch me, clearly hiding from me. Then it dived under again and re-emerged about 2m further to the right, again with just its head out of the water. I've seen grebes and divers behave like this, but moorhens are really only occasional divers, and in any case they're usually so tame as to not really worry as you walk past within a few feet.

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