Lim Sheau Torng is sharing with us his images of the uncommon resident Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca) having a bath in a puddle. It is usually encountered in open country, either on the landward edge of mangroves or in marshes, ponds and dense grassy areas. Here, it forages for aquatic insects and their larvae, molluscs as well as the seeds and young shoots of water plants. This crake is reported to be active mainly at dawn and dusk, feeding under cover of the vegetation.
The images here were taken in September 2012 somewhere in Changi and in the morning. “I saw the waterholes and hid in the bushes. In fact, there were a few of them. There was also a Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitator), though the photo was kinda blur,” wrote Sheau Torng.
Lim Sheau Torng