Moorhen, a member of the Rallidae, the Rails and Crakes.  This family is often secretive, in densely vegetated watersides etc, and the Moorhen itself usually frequents fresh waters with dense fringing vegetation – but here in the artificial environments of the city center, one walks out boldly along the masonry at the river’s edge, more or less used to passersby, and perhaps looking for leftover scraps of their food.

All recently posted bird pictures are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; central Bristol; 2 Feb 2018.



    • Well, that blurred foot, pure luck! I can’t remember the details now, but I recently read about a famous photographer saying that her guardian angel is the angel of luck, and I go along with that. 🙂


  1. Great capture of a Moorhen and his crazy feet, Adrian. I’ve been startled by one lurching out of the dense fringe you describe and zooming across the water many times. I’m surprised they would take up residence in your city center.


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