Moorhen or Crake????

To: "crompton" <>, <>
Subject: Moorhen or Crake????
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 12:08:00 +1000
I've seen a number of Moorhens here and in Europe which lack the red "shield".   From memory they included apparent adults.
So what is the "shield" made of, would it drop off - as part of growth or annual cycles?
Michael Norris
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