Tuesday 15 January 2019

Spotting the Spotted Crake

Saturday 12 January

How to spot a Spotted Crake Porzana porzana.  First, with help if necessary/appropriate, identify where the bird might actually be and then be patient.  Like its relative the Water Rail Rallus aquaticus, and to a certain extent the Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio, this is a bird that very much skulks under cover.  When ready it will venture forth into the open, slowly and with much caution. The bird may or may not remain exposed for a few minutes before retreating from whence it came.  Be patient and the bird will invariably make a return visit into the open albeit you may have to wait for anything from five to thirty minutes or more and there is no guarantee that the bird will reappear in the same spot.

Will I, won't I?
A careful look here and there
Maybe over there

Or over there
No, I think I'll pop back under cover for a while
On the other hand ...
That's better
Nobody over there
That looks yummy
At last, out in the open and ready for the camera with a lovely reflection as a bonus.

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