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Lifer 673 – Ruddy Crake – Reflections of the Pure World


Chronicles of a Birders Life Record

Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the nice fortune to photographically doc 85% of the chicken species added to my “Life Record.” This weblog sequence showcases the photographs and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and slightly in regards to the setting and tradition of the realm. This Lifer weblog sequence begins with the primary LIFER outdoors of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.

Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Publish Sequence by Jim Acquire

Lifer chicken @ El Cedral, Cozumel Island, MX

Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber) > Rallidae > Gruiformes

IDENTIFICATION: A small, elusive chicken of freshwater marshes, damp fields, and roadside ditches; heard rather more typically than seen. Walks quietly and runs shortly, like all rails. Could be confiding when you wait patiently and quietly. Plumage distinctive, general wealthy ruddy with slate grey head. Grownup has ruby-red eyes, that are duller on immatures.

Birding with: Miguel Amar Uribe from Mexico Kan Excursions and my spouse Maria
Date: 10 Dec 2021 @ San Miguel Water Therapy Plant, Cozumel Island, MX
Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales de San Miguel | MX-ROO

Yellow Star indications the situation of my Lifer sighting

DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: As is typical with all rails, they’re very secretive and often heard lengthy earlier than they’re seen. Though they are often simply coaxed out with slightly name playback. Once we arrived on the water therapy plant it was fairly windy and subsequently onerous to listen to chicken calls. Fortuitously after a half hour, the winds died down and the Ruddy Crakes spontaneously began calling. We solely noticed one briefly because it scooted via a gap within the marsh. Fortuitously I used to be capable of get some actually good photos on later journeys.

PHOTOS TAKEN: No photos had been captured of the primary crakes on Cozumel, however many had been efficiently photographed on subsequent birding expeditions. All photos beneath are from close to Río Lagartos, Yucatán, MX

Miguel Amar Uribe photographing the Ruddy Crake simply south of Río Lagartos, Yucatán

Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Sequence.


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