Sunday 11 September 2016

North Cave Crake

It's been a little while since I have seen a Spotted Crake, despite hearing a few, so the prospect of a showy bird at YWT North Cave Wetlands was too good to miss. NCW was full of birds and a really enjoyable evening was had looking for the crake, which eventually showed feeding along the reedbed at the northern end of Reedbed Lagoon. Also seen, two Water Rails and two Greenshanks.

Spotted Crake: not quite in the same league as some of the stonking photos I have seen!

An interesting bit of behaviour involved the crake swimming, with Moorhen-esque head nodding across a patch of water. The crake seemed quite confident in front of the local Water Rails, which were much more skittish and didn't approach too closely.

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