Crakes Porzana can be difficult: a fleeting view of one crashing from one patch of cover to another, or flying--legs dangling--between clumps of reeds Phragmites, is frequently the order of the day. Yet, if you stay still in a 'crake spot', it is surprising how confiding they become, creeping with nervous jerks along the muddy edge of a reed-swamp or, in the case of the bird pictured here, venturing


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