Thursday, July 07, 2011

A shy rail revealed

The White-browed Crake is a member of the Rail family that lives in well vegetated wetlands of South East Asia. It was once considered very difficult to spot and photograph because it likes to skulk around in marsh lands.

Recently, two families of White-browed Crakes were discovered living in relatively open areas at one of the ABC water project sites. And much to the delight of photographers they were unafraid of humans (provided the humans were silent and did not move around). These crakes will come out into the open to forage for bugs among the water plants.

They are highly methodical feeders, and will go around a clump of vegetation several times over picking off juicy morsels before make a short flight over to the next area.

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