Moorhens Enjoy a Private Moment

I feel in need of posting something and this short sequence of a pair of moorhens enjoying sharing a, shall we say, private moment fits the bill. They were under some overhanging branches at the edge of Falmer pond. I was watching out for house martins swooping down to the pond, but struggling to keep up with them. This pair were altogether easier to photograph.

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

Moorhens mating at Falmer Pond

Moorhens are ‘rails’, as is the slightly larger coot. This one looks in need of a mate, but made a fine portrait.


Coot at Falmer Pond

I’m keeping this brief but couldn’t not post this shot of a dog that was cooling down in the pond. Not that it should have been there; but it was hot from a car ride (so I was told) and was keeping clear of wildlife, so no harm done.

dog swimming

Dog swimming at Falmer Pond

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Andy June 19, 2015 at 2:44 am #

    Looks like everyone is happy, even the dog 🙂

    • Words June 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

      Andy, thanks! The dog was thoroughly enjoying itself!

  2. Darko June 19, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    Moorhens are making little aliens 😀

  3. Words June 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    Darko, I’ll be keeping my eye open for them. A few weeks I would reckon and they’ll be out and about. 😀