Spotless Crake, Pukepuke Lagoon

 

spotless-crake

These crakes are relatively common in marshy areas in NZ, but are really hard to see.  Tiritiri Matangi island is a good spot to look for them.  I found a pair at Pukepuke Lagoon north of Foxton in the Manawatu.  They respond well to taped calls.

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