Thursday, 22 February 2018

Water rail

22/February 2018 Caring for life 

2018/ Caring for life / February
2016/ High Royds/ November

3/ November 2016 High Royds 

Smaller and distinctly slimmer than the moorhen, the water rail is a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts, grey face and underparts and black-and-white barred flanks, and a long red bill. Difficult to see in the breeding season, it is relatively easier to find in winter, when it is also more numerous and widespread. Although usually secretive they can become confiding but are still far more often heard than seen.

3/ November 2016 High Royds 

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