SD7807 : Moorhen

taken 9 months ago, near to Radcliffe, Bury, Great Britain

Moorhen
Moorhen
Moorhens (sometimes called marsh hens) are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family (Rallidae). They are close relatives of coots and are often seen with them on the same stretch of water (alongside also ducks, geese and swans).

Moorhens and coots are similar in appearance but there are significant differences. The Coot is black with a distinctive white front face shield and beak (SD7807 : Coot on the Canal), whereas the Moorhen is brown and black with a distinctive red frontal face shield and beak, tipped with yellow.
Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal :: SD7506
The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal is a disused canal, built to link Bolton and Bury with Manchester. The canal, when fully completed in 1796, was 15 miles long. It was connected with the River Irwell in Salford, in 1808.

From Salford the canal ran up the Irwell valley to reach Nob End, where it climbed the Prestolee Locks, and then split into two branches leading to Bolton and Bury. The canal was built principally to serve the many collieries in the area, as well as to transport other cargo such as stone and timber.

By 1846 a parallel railway had been built to Bury, and the canal went into decline. The Bolton arm went out of use in 1924, though with some minor use until 1947. The Bury arm was breached just above Nob End in 1936, but the then isolated Bury arm continued to be used until 1951, principally between the canalside Ladyshore Colliery and Bury. The final section of the canal was officially closed in 1961, and much of it was filled in.
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LinkExternal link Exploring Greater Manchester, a fieldwork guide (web edition); edited by Paul Hindle, Manchester Geographical Society
LinkExternal link Wikipedia article
LinkExternal link Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society website
LinkExternal link Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Pennine Waterways
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Date Taken
Monday, 17 September, 2018   (more nearby)
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Monday, 17 September, 2018
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Canals 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DC-G9 
Canal (from Tags)
Manchester Bolton and Bury 
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Closeup 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 787 078 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:34.0311N 2:19.3486W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 787 078
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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