Moorhen in Flight

This is an adolescent moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) in actual, real, no-shit, airborne flight. Well, it was probably still in ground effect. Moorhens have trouble climbing more than a metre. With tiny, stubby little wings flying is a huge energy cost for them. This one is from last year’s recruitment. It hasn’t developed full adult colouration yet. It was flying towards a small child who was handing out bread to intrepid waterbirds.

Moorhen Airborne
Adolescent Moorhen in Flight
Adolescent Moorhen in Flight
An adolescent Moorhen (Galinula tenebrosa) touches down
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