Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring migration update: Baillon's Crake@Vravrona Wetland!

Spring migration has started to be evident, as hirundines and waders have already arrived. The last days of March are always good for passing crakes. The Baillon's Crake, however, is a very rare and secretive bird with only a handful of records around Athens so far. Therefore, we were really happy to find one in the small pool of the Archaeological Museum! 

The bird was always moving close to the edge of the reeds and we couldn't have a decent shot. However, we had excellent comparison views with the Little Crake, as a male approached the Baillon's and we could easily see the differences. 

Baillon's Crake (left) and Little Crake (right)
Let's hope that this is just the beginning of a very interesting period!

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