The Red-legged Crake is a skittish water bird and at Loong Sin hides it is time versus patience. They come just before dark and one can be impatient to just leave the hide then it will be his loss; sometimes there are just no birds just before they come, one or two chirpers then nothing, then when the time is just right for them, they appear one by one and sometimes with their chicks.
When the time is perfect for them to come out and yet there are birds bathing or feeding, they will fight for the bath for awhile, go back to the thicket and return again when the bath is clear.
It is found in Northeast India, Burma, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Indonesia, some in north-western Australia, and finally in Thailand where there are so many wet swampy areas.
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
June 30, 2017
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