Paddling furiously.

A Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) swims past the photographer creating a nice wake. Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s. I deliberately kept the bird to the left side of the frame despite this making it appear to be swimming out of the photo because I wanted to show as much of the wake as possible.

The Common Moorhen is also known as the Waterhen. They’re not found on moorland, the moor in the name meant marsh centuries ago when the English name for the species was first recorded.


2 thoughts on “Paddling furiously.”

    1. We’re on the northern edge of the Common Gallinule breeding range. The North American Common Moorhen is now called the Common Gallinule and classified as a separate species from the Eurasian Common Moorhen.


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