Friday, 27 May 2016

Laguna Blanca Blackish Rail!

Thursday 26th was the seasonal ponds turn to be surveyed. To reach this area I have to traverse the now swamp like SE area of the lagoon. Some parts of which are almost “welly” deep in a mix of sand and mud.

Having searched yesterday for two species that have recently frequented the lagoon I guess it would be inevitable that I would bump into both today having not featured in yesterday’s count. The adult and juvenile Pied-billed Grebe were first to show. The more secretive Blackish Rail made a nervous but lengthy appearance a few hours later before scurrying off through the swamp.

The rain clouds had been gathering all morning and finally dropped a torrent of rain during the afternoon. I went out for a short time but only the masses of Picazuro Pigeons were prepared to brave the elements!

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