February 08, 2015

Violence at the marsh

It must be close to breeding time.
These common moorhens were going at each other with no holds barred.
They seemed to be trying to drown each other.
As they look alike I couldn't tell who the winner was. At the end one was chased off.
The action was to fast to get a better photo.

Gallinula galeata

The Common Gallinule has long toes that makes it possible to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation. The toes have no lobes or webbing to help in swimming, but the moorhen is a good swimmer anyway.

Newly hatched chicks of the Common Gallinule have spurs on their wings that help them climb into the nest or grab emergent vegetation

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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