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Lifer 673 – Ruddy Crake – Reflections of the Pure World

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Feb 12, 2024
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 hen species added to my “Life Record.” This weblog sequence showcases the pictures and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a little bit concerning the setting and tradition of the realm. This Lifer weblog sequence begins with the primary LIFER exterior of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.

Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Put up Collection by Jim Achieve

Lifer hen @ El Cedral, Cozumel Island, MX

Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber) > Rallidae > Gruiformes

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

FIRST “LIFER” OBSERVATION:
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

SPECIES GLOBAL eBIRD DISTRIBUTION MAP
Yellow Star indications the placement 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 a little bit name playback. After we arrived on the water therapy plant it was fairly windy and due to this fact onerous to listen to hen calls. Luckily after a half hour, the winds died down and the Ruddy Crakes spontaneously began calling. We solely noticed one briefly because it scooted by way of a gap within the marsh. Luckily I used to be capable of get some actually good pictures on later journeys.

PHOTOS TAKEN: No pictures had been captured of the primary crakes on Cozumel, however many had been efficiently photographed on subsequent birding expeditions. All pictures under 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 Collection.

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