This bird has mesmerising red eyes!

Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramides cajaneus)
The river that runs through Fazenda San Fransico is deep throughout the dry season and thus is a treasure trove of food for a variety of birds. Many have chicks now, and I was lucky to find two that this adult was keeping an eye on.

Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramides cajaneus)
In just a week or two it can take to the wings!

Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramides cajaneus)
I didn’t notice this chick had caught a crab before I got home and looked through the images! I must admit I didn’t even know this river had any crabs!

It sounds like this:

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