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It is that time again - 1

Posted by
: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 28 October 2013 in Animal & Insect.

If you are one of my regular visitors you will know I walk around a lake and annually experience and photograph the life cycle of the swamp hens and their chicks.

This all begins when a couple make a messy squat in the thick reeds. This squat is what I now call the 'love nest'. it is where the courting begins and it is later built up to a monstrous mound to keep the chicks safe from land predators and out of the water.

As I walked by I heard them crooning and only spotted them due to their red flashed beaks. So I squatted down to listen and wait for a minute in case there was a photo to be had, when ...... more tomorrow ...

PS sorry about the quality of this image. I don't know why it turned out so badly when I reduced the size. Haven't got time to fix it now ... Got together off to work.

I will respond to your kind comments as soon as I can. Thanks for dropping by!
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Frances from Boston, United States

A wonderful shot of swamp hens Helen.

28 Oct 2013 2:51pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

j'aime l'effet de couleurs sur ces poules d'eau

29 Oct 2013 6:20pm