Until last week I’d never heard of a Black-Tailed Native Hen, never mind seen one.
At the weekend I had to drop off one of my sons at Yanchep National Park. While I was there, I thought I’d go for a walk, and I came across these.
Not for long though, as they scuttled into the undergrowth when they saw me. They turned out to be quite shy. They ran and hid very quickly, but they soon came back out when I waited quietly.
And look who I had for company while I waited.
The following day when I had to collect my son, they were still there.
They’re similar to a moorhen or a coot and seem to prefer the same sort of area to live, by the water’s edge and with plenty of undergrowth.
They aren’t rare or endangered in any way, but it is unusual to see them in this area, especially in such a large group. They appeared because we had recently had rain. They may well stay at Yanchep for long enough to breed, then disappear again once the young are old enough. If so, hopefully I’ll be able to get some pictures of some chicks in a month or so.