One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aquatic rail, especially a moorhen or related bird.
Genera Gallinula and Amaurornis, family Rallidae
- ‘In summer we would go down to the Dingle Lodge to swim or look for birds nest and watch waterhens on the canal.’
- ‘It is a much larger bird than the waterhen and it is intriguing to watch it as it conducts its underwater manoeuvres.’
- ‘I was disappointed at missing out on the owl, but more so on the waterhen, because I'd thought it would be easy.’
- ‘One lad used to sail on the pond in an old iron bathtub; sometimes waterhens' eggs would be taken and cooked to eat.’
- ‘Mr Deacon says that far from damaging wildlife, the lake and wetlands already attract kingfishers, mallards, woodpeckers, coots, waterhens, curlews, plovers, deer and foxes.’
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