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Mystery Bird , please help identify !!!!

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Old Tuesday 18th October 2005, 14:03   #1
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Mystery Bird , please help identify !!!!

For weeks now my girlfriend and I have been stumped to identyify a single bird that we either see or hear every day as we cross a bridge over a small stream . When I'm lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it , it's either dashing under the bridge or into the undergrowth never to be seen again (that day) . It seems to vanish , which considering it's size is pretty remarkable .
It's about the size of a chicken and it seems to prefer water to land , it's call is a loud , strident "BRRRUPP!!!"
I say for certain what colour it is , as I've never seen it fully .
I'd say it's key characteristic is it's timidity.

Any ideas !!!
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Old Tuesday 18th October 2005, 14:13   #2
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a very shy Moorhen ?
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Definitely sounds like a Moorhen.

Perhaps wait quietly on the bridge and I'm sure the bird will soon emerge and reveal itself.


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Your both right , I watched Bill Oddie's program last night which featured Moorhens , I recognized the call instantly .

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