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13 February 2008

We have a winner!

Steve, you're good! It is, indeed, a Common Moorhen.

There were two, foraging in the shallows of the lake at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve. Neither was much interested in being photographed. They stayed half-hidden in the branchy tangle of a tree limb dangling in the water.

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SwampAngel65 said...

Grrrr!!! That Steve is too good at this!

Steve said...

I learned something in this exercise, Sophie. Previously, I didn't know there was a red band above the knee on moorhens. In fact, when your first two clues were posted, I thought the red was a refracted bit of light giving an untrue image. You're pretty sneaky, aren't you? I didn't take the red seriously and was almost settled on Gadwall as the most likely -- but not perfect -- answer. But then I checked the book one more time for other yellow-legged swimmers, and what do you know...Common Moorhens have red on their thighs! I realized that I had been seeing your photo wrongly, that the red was an important part, not an aberration of light.

So I kind-of bumbled into it. But it made swampangel growl at me, so it was worth it! Good puzzle.

SwampAngel65 said...

I thought the red was an abberation, too (hehe, I used a big word today!). I must learn not to assume anything!

Later tonight I'm going to post about some old bottles I found at work. If you know anything about the type of stuff, please check it out!

Floridacracker said...

I feel like an old coot ;) for not getting this one.
Now I need to head to swampangel cause I KNOW old bottles.
Good puzzle Sophie!

SophieMae said...

Swampangel, I'll definitely be checking out your bottles. Not that I know so much about them,but I do collect a few certain types.

Steve, Sneaky is my middle name. 8-}

FC, coot! Er, I mean cute!