African Crake

Crecopsis egregia

I will never forget the day that I saw my first african crake. On arrival back from our December break in early January 2012, I heard via the Simply Birding website that both baillon’s and african crake had been seen at Marievale Bird Sanctuary. I decided not to delay my plans for the weekend and headed to the sanctuary before work on Thursday. This ended up to be a great call as I saw african crake, baillon’s crake, greater painted-snipe and orange breasted waxbill within the first hour of my arrival. What an awesome morning! 

My best experience with this intra-African migrant took place with Skye Hartog in March 2012. On the spur of the moment, we decided to drive to the Kruger National Park in search of a golden pipit that had been photographed near Byamithi Bush Camp a few days earlier. Although we did not see the pipit, the rest of the trip made up for any dissapointment we may have felt. One big reason for this was spotting a family of african crakes attempting to cross the road in front of us. The interaction between mom, dad and the little ones will be etched in my memory for many years to come.


African Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 29 December 2015 African Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 29 December 2015 African Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 29 December 2015 African Crake / Crake Road, Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 African Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 29 December 2015 Crake, African (Southern Kruger National Park) (Front on) SMSH2 African Crake / Crake Road, Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 African Crake / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 03 March 2012 African Crake / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 African Crake_Crake Road, Zaagkuildrift, South Africa_08 February 2014 28 CR SM African Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 29 December 2015 African Crake_Crake Road, Zaagkuildrift, South Africa_08 February 2014 4 SM African Crake / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 African Crake_Southern Kruger National Park (3) African Crake / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 African Crake / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 03 March 2012 African Crake / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 African Crake / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 03 March 2012 African Crake / Crake Road, Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 (Edited) African Crake_Crake Road, Zaagkuildrift, South Africa_08 February 2014 10 CR SM SH African Crake – male / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 03 March 2012 African Crake – female / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 03 March 2012 African Crake / Crake Road, Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 08 February 2014 African Crake / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 African Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 28 January 2012
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