The Dusky Moorhen is a brown gallinule like the Eurasian Coot of the previous post. It is easily recognisable by the red frontal shield and thin bill with yellow tip. It usually stays a bit closer to cover than the Eurasian Coot and this one favoured grazing amoung the water lillies floating on the Japanese lake at my local botanical gardens.
The Dusky Moorhen and Ibis were very comfortable sharing the Japanese pond at Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens.
Spotted this fellow on a walk through Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens, he was swimming around the lake at the Japanese Garden with a few of his kind and some friendly Ibis. He’s a Dusky Moorhen, they belong to the Gallinules, large crakes with short bills and coloured frontal shields on foreheads. They graze on aquatic weed and other food near water and make a loud sharp ‘krek’ sound. They are quite common on wetlands in south-east and eastern Australia and like to make nests of grass or reeds where they lay between 7-10 eggs.
Acknowledgment: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed.