Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A Fish Eating Moorhen

I have not seen a Moorhen with a caught fish before so I thought this shot was worthy of recording.
It does not dive for food so this fish must have been near the surface in shallow water or already perished. A Moorhen's normal diet is shoots, seeds, buds, beetles, snails, worms and small aquatic invertebrates. Having said that, I guess that due to the cold weather and time of year their range of food may vary due to necessity.


14 comments:

  1. Well captured Roy. I've never seen that either. It certainly looked like it had found a hearty meal :-)

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  2. Hi Roy

    This is a neat behavior, I would have thought they would focus on plants and bugs but most animals seen to be opportunistic feeders when they get the chance.

    Regards
    Guy

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    1. Yes Guy, it may be due to shortage of their normal diet.

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  3. Hey Roy....Great shot and worthy for recording! This is a smart bird,fish are health for the
    your diet!! : )
    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG. Yes fish is definitely good.

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  4. What a wonderful discovery. Besides, we all like a little sushi now and then.

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    1. Thanks Steve, but I don't think he plucked it from a bowl on a conveyer belt in a sushi bar though.{:))

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  5. Hi Roy,
    Great shot, but I am pretty sure that the fish would have been already dead, or at the very least, pretty close to dying. Interesting behaviour to note, all the same.
    J
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    1. Thanks John, yes on reflection I think you are right about that.

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  6. Interesting shot Roy and like others have said certainly worth of note :) Did it actually manage to swallow it as it looks a bit big for the bird ?

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    1. Thanks David, he sneaked off into the undergrowth and I didn't get to see what happened.

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