In-between White-breasted waterhen

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“Most people are familiar with what an adult White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) looks like. And it is also generally known that the chicks are an uniform sooty, charcoal grey. I have a family of waterhens in my garden, and watched the chicks changing from infant to sub-adult plumage.

“This juvenile delinquent trespassed into my house, and I took these mug shots. They have no artistic value, but are meant to be used purely for an identification parade. Now, I hope that you will know a sub-adult White-breasted Waterhen when you have to identify one.

“No, I did not want to go to the trouble and expense of keeping this fellow in detention. And after the photo shoot, I booted it right out.”

Lee Chiu San
28th February 2013

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