Corn Crake

Crex crex

I first recorded this awesome summer visitor with Skye Hartog in December 2011. We were deliberately searching Mkhombo Dam’s shoreline when we suddenly picked up a crake-like shape running for cover.

At first I thought it must be a spotted crake as it was close to the water’s edge and this species had been seen the previous December, but its sandy colour and chestnut sides soon revealed it to be something just as exciting; a corn crake.


Corn Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / February 2019 Corn Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / February 2019 Corn Crake / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / February 2019 Corn Crake / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 15 December 2011 Corn Crake / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 15 December 2011
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