RIP. We were excited about shooting a pair of Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca) at Satay by the Bay and there was a bird lying down on the ground and we thought it was a Myna (Acridotheres sp.) feigning death. When we walk closer, we realised it was the chick of the Crake. It died shortly.
And our first dead bird of the new year is this female Watercock, which was found in a very weak state earlier today at the East Coast area before it succumbed to its injuries and died sometime in the evening.
My first dead bird of the new year, and it’s a migratory female Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea), which was found in an extremely weakened state earlier in the day before succumbing to its injuries later in the evening. Judging by its size it must be a really young bird.
Found myself back at Jervois Hill yet again with another dead bird from the exact same location. Last time it was a migrating Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia), this time it’s a migrating female Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea).