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Dark grey upper parts and flanks. White underparts and face. Underside of the tail is rusty in colour. The beak and legs are yellow. Chicks are dark charcoal-y black; legs are long and spindly. Still covered in downy feathers.
Just beside the plant nursery I go to are a couple of largish ponds. The approach path to the ponds is filled with discarded stuff and piles of dry leaves etc. I saw something bubbling in the water and creating ripples and ventured near hoping to see fish or snakes...did not see the aquatic creature but spotted a waterhen couple with their two adorable chicks. One of the two adult birds remained near the chicks at all times.