Slaty-legged Crake: a migrant prone to exhaustion..?

7 Dec

..this exhausted Slaty-legged Crake has been rescued by Naren Gunasekera on 06th.December 2013 morning from Mt.Lavinia beach. Let’s all hope the bird will soon get fully recover..

Slaty-legged Crake- mt.lavinia - 06.12.2013 (c) Naren G

Exhausted Slaty-legged Crakes have been recorded from Colombo and suburbs more often during onset of migratory season.. Following are some of the records of Slaty-legged Crake from previous migratory seasons. 

Slaty legged Crake rescued in 2011 from Lucky Plaza at Colpetty - heart of colombo

2011: Slaty legged Crake rescued in 2011 from Lucky Plaza at Colpetty – heart of colombo. Through the launch of MigrantWATCH in 2011; the contact numbers public can get help if they see a troubled migrant has been announced. MigrantWATCH 2011/12 cordinators received a call from officers of Lucky Plaza building in colombo-03 (Kolpetty) that an exhausted bird is hiding near a stair case. We asked them to bring it the FOGSL secretariat at University of Colombo. The bird had no injuries and fully recovered in the evening. Nashath Haffi had released the bird at a marshy area in Kolonnawa.

slaty-legged-crake-in-bamba

2009: This Slaty-legged Crake was rescued near the Bambalapitiya flats on November 28, 2009. Those who spotted the unusual bird alerted Tariq Abideen, a member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL). This has been published as news in SundayTimes.

Slaty-legged Crake - Imashi Opatha - 07.12.2003 - Dehiwala (c) Imashi Opatha

2003: This Slaty-legged Crake was reported by Imashi Opatha from Dehiwala on 07.12.2003. Please note the day it has been reported – it is exactly 10 years ago on the same day. I think this bird too show signs of exhaustion that enabled Imashi to capture these series of images relatively easier. So could it be that the a population of Slaty-legged Crake arrive Sri Lanka in early December..??

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