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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Mother Swamp Hen

Mother swamphen catches lunch for her young

Swamphen rushing food back for her chick


Mother swamphen's chick is hiding in the rushes

swamphen keeping a close eye on the photographer


Swamphen portioning food up into bite sizes suitable for her chick

Swamphen portioning food up into bite sizes suitable for her chick

Mother swamphen says 'There's that pesky photographer again.'

swamphen chick is just a ball of fluff

swamphen hiding her chick in the rushes

swamphen chick on it's own waiting for the next meal


This post was featured at Animal Tales 41
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28 comments:

  1. Stunning to see wildlife so close

    Thank you for linking up

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  2. wow too neat! you can just about touch her and the baby. Is that a frog in her mouth? nom nom lol

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  3. what a cute chick. i have never seen one before. great shots.

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    1. It was a new experience for me too.

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  4. Wow, I've never seen a swamp hen. She's pretty amazing. The first photo is my favorite. She's quite a predator.

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    1. I was surprised at her rather large catch. I guess when you've got chicks to feed you want to make sure everyone gets a good meal.

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  5. Wow, I've never seen a swamp hen. She's pretty amazing. The first photo is my favorite. She's quite a predator.

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    1. Gotta keep those chicks well fed I guess :o) Apparently the Romans used swamp hens as decorative birds like we do with peacocks, so you and aren't the only ones that think they're amazing ;)

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  6. How cute and fuzzy is that baby! I love their huge feet.

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    1. Baby chicks are always fuzzy, but they get past that super fuzz ball stage too quickly!

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  7. I've not seen one of these birds before. These are great pictures and I love the huge beak. #AnimalTales

    Angela from www.daysinbed.com

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  8. Wow - great shots!
    I'd never heard of a swamp hen. Looks like she's a very effective hunter!

    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/steam-powered-whatchamacallits.html

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    1. Even humans think frog legs are tasty. Those chicks are fed well!

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  9. Reminds me a little of a black version of our Muscovy Ducks...what a good mum providing a meal for baby :)

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    1. She was a great mum! She kept a real close eye on us while making sure her little one was well looked after.

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  10. I've seen herons grabbing frogs like that as well. You wouldn't think they were such vicious birds.

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    1. Well I guess they've got to eat. The bigger the catch the less hunting to be done.

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  11. whoa, these are fantastic close up shots!
    what was she eating in the first photo?

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    1. Frog. She took it back to her chicks for lunch.

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  12. what a fantastic shot of the swamp hen with the frog/toad in her mouth

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  13. Nice shots! Really great close ups!!!

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  14. What an interesting bird! Love your first photo when it go a prey (not sure if he got a rat).

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  15. How cool! I always cringe a little bit when I see nature "in action" but then I remind myself that it's supposed to work that way. You've done an excellent job of capturing her capturing & having lunch!

    Thank you for joining us for Photo Friday!

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  16. Now it is my turn to see your (to me) unusual wildlife on #AnimalTales! I had a google search and was right in thinking your swamphen is a rail and in the same family as moorhens and coots we see in the UK and France.

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