Tuesday, 3 January 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Australian Spotted Crake


Between Christmas and New Year I normally go banding at Werribee Sewage works – it’s nowhere as bad as it sounds! In fact it can even become rather picturesque.


While waiting for the waders we were hoping to band to arrive in the catching area this rather brave Australian Spotted Crake was showing very well. Normally a bird that you only see dashing from one dark corner of a weed bed to another, today they put on a real show. They were everywhere! I think I must have seen at least six different birds – and at times we could see two feeding in the same pool. It certainly passed the times as we waited for the waders.

You can find more birds here at World Bird Wednesday.



You can also find my most recent post on my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention link on the RHS of the page.

Enjoy the birds.

24 comments:

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Beautiful...I love to go birding in my side of the globe, and seeing your country's species of waterfowl is a treat!!

Thanks for visiting.

Gary said...

Interesting bird Stewart!! Birds like the oddest places. Here Eagles have move into the landfill sight. But what's even stranger is they don't seem to migrate either. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

TexWisGirl said...

he's really beautiful! love the bluish hues!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful bird! Love his colors! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Karen said...

Oh wow, what a great colour beak he has!

eileeninmd said...

Your Crake is beautiful. Great sighting and photos. Thanks for sharing this world bird.

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see Stewart.
I hope 2012 is a great year for you..

mick said...

Great photos of the Crake. You were very lucky to find them out in the open like that.

SandyCarlson said...

These shots are great. It's amazing what you can find and where.

heyBJK said...

Great looking bird! I've never seen a crake. Nice color in the eyes and legs.

NicoleB said...

Sweet goodness! Lucky you! :D
Wonderful shots of this Beauty!
Nothing better than a few birds getting their portraits taken :D

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a neat looking bird which only becomes apparent when enlarging the image. Very nice!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I've never seen this bird. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are fun looking birds. Happy New Year~

Carole Meisenhelter said...

some nice photos there Stewart; I've not even heard of the crake before; good to learn something new. Well done on your banding contributions.

ladyfi said...

Nice bird shots! Glad to hear it's a little cooler for you.

holdingmoments said...

Very much like our Water Rail here Stewart. Great shots.

Pat Ulrich said...

Awesome captures of this really cool bird, Stewart! Happy New Year!

joo said...

I haven't seen them in wild and it's so cool to see them in your photos, Steward!

JDS said...

Handsome bird. Thanks for sharing!

Hilke Breder said...

Love your shots of the crakes. Strange for a shy bird to appear in such numbers.

Liz said...

Lovely colours and great shots!
I posted the last of my birds from my MP trip this week on WBW. Back to Brisbane birds next week.

Springman said...

Amazing stuff Stewart! The view is always changing isn't it? Great shots!
Cheers Sir!

Larry said...

Wow Stewart! Your Australian Spotted Crake looks much like our Sora in the US. They are also rarely seen in the open but I always feel like I've been blessed by the bird gods when I am able to see one. Marvelous photos you took! Sewage treatment ponds are often birding hot spots over here also.