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It's A Moorhen Jim, but not as we know it...

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A couple from Sunday at the weir in Whalley. Overall it looks like it should be a Moorhen, but everything about it's colouring (feathers, beak and eyes) are completely wrong.

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Similar to one I posted a few weeks ago, Olymike  thought it should have been darker, but as I pointed out this one was the colour as per photo....

 

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Thanks Denis, yes they're very common around here too, I don't recall seeing them so pale though.

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Juvenile Moorhens go through a lot of changes. As a youngster It had me stumped. I eventually found reference to it in a 1970's AA countryside book. Take a look here: https://www.animalphotos.me/bird5/rail-moor2.htm

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Thanks for that Chris, I must have missed this stage of their development.

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