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Australian Spotted Crake

Australian Spotted Crake (Image ID 45565)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Fri 26th Mar, 2021 and uploaded on Fri 2nd Apr, 2021 .
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ID45565
CommentThis Spotted Crake, having seen me at a saline pool close to the Little River Bird Hide, sprinted for cover. I waited and waited but it did not reappear. I then moved behind a line of bushes where it could not see me, and found a gap in the shrubs from where I could watch a part of the pool where I had seen it before, my own little bird hide as it were. After a little while, I saw it cross the pool in front of me, and then it returned right in front of me, searching for things in the water. This is a close-up just as it found something. Its brown, white-flecked upperparts, red eyes, and orange-red blaze across the nostrils are highlighted in the image. It may be that Crakes do spend much of the time “skulking” along wetland edges but here was one that seemed to be more than prepared to come out into the open. But no doubt the slight shadow of a hawk above, or a movement on my part, would have sent it sprinting for cover.
EquipmentNikonZ7ii Nikon 300mm f4 PF TC1.4 420mm ISO 1000 1/1250th f10 Monopod
LocationWerribee Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria
Keywordsadult
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