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.
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Enjoy the birds.
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Beautiful...I love to go birding in my side of the globe, and seeing your country's species of waterfowl is a treat!!ReplyDelete
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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.ReplyDelete
he's really beautiful! love the bluish hues!ReplyDelete
Beautiful bird! Love his colors! Hope your week is going well!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, what a great colour beak he has!ReplyDelete
Your Crake is beautiful. Great sighting and photos. Thanks for sharing this world bird.ReplyDelete
A beautiful bird to see Stewart.ReplyDelete
I hope 2012 is a great year for you..
Great photos of the Crake. You were very lucky to find them out in the open like that.ReplyDelete
These shots are great. It's amazing what you can find and where.ReplyDelete
Great looking bird! I've never seen a crake. Nice color in the eyes and legs.ReplyDelete
Sweet goodness! Lucky you! :DReplyDelete
Wonderful shots of this Beauty!
Nothing better than a few birds getting their portraits taken :D
What a neat looking bird which only becomes apparent when enlarging the image. Very nice!ReplyDelete
I've never seen this bird. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
These are fun looking birds. Happy New Year~ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Nice bird shots! Glad to hear it's a little cooler for you.ReplyDelete
Very much like our Water Rail here Stewart. Great shots.ReplyDelete
Awesome captures of this really cool bird, Stewart! Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
I haven't seen them in wild and it's so cool to see them in your photos, Steward!ReplyDelete
Handsome bird. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Love your shots of the crakes. Strange for a shy bird to appear in such numbers.ReplyDelete
Lovely colours and great shots!ReplyDelete
I posted the last of my birds from my MP trip this week on WBW. Back to Brisbane birds next week.
Amazing stuff Stewart! The view is always changing isn't it? Great shots!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete