Few birds are more
familiar in the English countryside than the dapper Moorhen, or
Waterhen. It is to be seen on most waters, even on the wayside pond.
And what a
smart creature it is in its dark olive-grey plumage, set off by some
white on its side,
its white undertail coverts and its scarlet frontal shield, to say nothing
of its green
legs with bright red garters. It builds a bulky nest at the pondside,
cock and hen sharing
in the duties of incubating the eggs and looking after the quaint little
fluffy black chicks.