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Water rail

Rallus aquaticus

Description:

Shy wetland bird, often detected by pig-like squealing calls. Has long, reddish bill, reddish legs, mainly blue-grey underparts and reddish brown upperparts; shows black and white barring on flanks.

Habitat:

Favours reedbeds and marshes.

Notes:

I kept spotting a bird while out running, and at first thought it was a moorhen, but the colouring was wrong. I later identified it as a water rail and today managed to get photos of it - in the future, I hope to get better photos! :)

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Algarve, Portugal

Lat: 37.05, Long: -7.76

Spotted on Aug 9, 2012
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012

Reference

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