Archive for 'Rallidae'

Black-tailed crake (Zapornia bicolor)

Black-tailed crake (Amaurornis bicolor)

It’s quite amazing to hear this loud and striking sound and not being able to see where it’s coming from. In this case, all I saw was a waterlogged landscape with lush vegetation surrounding rice fields, and this sound. Is it far, close by, or just under your nose? At first I thought it was […]

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Constance Lemuria is one of many hotels in Seychelles that follow conservation best-practices, and what follow is a unique experience with nature and creature comforts. For one you will experience wildlife much closer than normally, as wildlife is not intimidated, but wildlife will also find some of the amenities attractive, just like this moorhen that […]

Azure Gallinule (Porphyrio flavirostris)

Usually well hidden inside dense vegetation where the vocalization is the only sign it’s there. The oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and conservation Center provides an excellent way to get up close, as the float is only powered by hand, and thus you can slowly and silently glide along the edges of the lake. […]

Slaty-breasted Wood Rail (Aramides saracura)

This individual had a rather peculiar behavior. It was seemingly oblivious to my presence and it preferred the open areas of the garden of Hotel do Ype to the denser forest. A female was keeping an eye on me from a distance and always under cover from vegetation, which was understandable as it had two […]

Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramides cajaneus)

This bird has mesmerising red eyes! 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. In just a […]

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)

The many man made canals in the higher grounds of Fazenda San Fransico offer excellent opportunities for a wide variety of animals – from insects, birds and mammals alike, and the purple galilnule is no exception. With its super wide feet, it can walk on top of the flimsiest of floating debris or vegetation in […]