Eurasian Coot

Bird Photo Challenge #20 – Eurasian Coot

An inhabitant of wetlands and lagoons, the Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) is frequently seen at our home port in the Gippsland Lakes where it lurks in huge flocks.  We were surrounded by them recently whilst on board Take It Easy and decided we should dedicate our Bird Photography Challenge #20 to these gregarious little water…

Woodhen

Bird Photo Challenge #8: Woodhen

Not so long ago the Woodhen (Gallirallus sylvestris) was considered one of the rarest birds on earth.   Endemic to Lord Howe Island, 650 kilometres off the Australian coast, this iconic bird has recovered from near extinction and is the very special subject of our #8 Bird Photography Challenge.  This post is dedicated to our dear…

Dusky Moorhen Feeding2

Bird Photo Challenge #7: Dusky Moorhen

A jittery but endearing waterbird, the Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) can often be seen in small groups and in the company of other water birds.  At this time of year, with its cute little chicks in tow, its attracts your attention. Even though it is a fairly common bird, it is hard to photograph because it…