Their red and yellow beak, and black and white striped bottom make the Common
Moorhen an easy bird to identify.
The noise they make helps too.
This Common Moorhen chick was nibbling something, oblivious to the
passers-by staring at it from the boardwalk at
A bit further down the boardwalk, another Common Moorhen was sitting
on her nest in the Fire flag
The Moorhens seem to be all over the place, both in the wetlands I've
been to, and in the lakes and canals in our South Florida communities.
At a distant glance, depending on the lighting, these birds are a bit
similar to the white beaked Coot and the
extremely colorful Purple Gallinule.
It is kind of fun to watch them splash and run; sometimes they seem to
run across the top of the water flapping, and they make quite a ruckus.