Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the nice fortune to photographically doc 85% of the chicken species added to my “Life Checklist.” This weblog collection showcases the pictures and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a bit concerning the surroundings and tradition of the world. This Lifer weblog collection begins with the primary LIFER exterior of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.
Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber) > Rallidae > Gruiformes
IDENTIFICATION: A small, elusive chicken of freshwater marshes, damp fields, and roadside ditches; heard rather more usually than seen. Walks quietly and runs shortly, like all rails. Could 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 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 a bit name playback. Once we arrived on the water remedy plant it was fairly windy and subsequently exhausting to listen to chicken 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 in a position to get some actually good photos on later journeys.
PHOTOS TAKEN: No photos have been captured of the primary crakes on Cozumel, however many have been efficiently photographed on subsequent birding expeditions. All photos beneath are from close to Río Lagartos, Yucatán, MX
Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Collection.