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Corn Crake (Crex crex)
Corn Crake (Crex crex) monotypic
Rails, Gallinules and Allies (Rallidae)
Amager F, Amager, Denmark
Present since yesterday, discovered in the morning.
When I arrived some 10 persons were standing in the middle of the field where the bird was supposed to be. I stayed on the path, 50 meters away, confident that the bird would be easy to hear from there as well. And I was rewarded, because shortly after it started to call closer to me than to the others (did they push it too much..?). I approached the sound along the path, and then just waited until it called again, and to my surprise it was much closer now having reached the edge of the path, and just some 5 meters from me. Very loud. I had the recorder running and as you can hear got a very good recording. While standing there I considered if I should try to get my camera in case the bird should decide to show itself. But in the same moment the bird came out and flew along the path away from me and landed some 40 meters away in the shadow of a group of large poplars.
My first on Amager, and perhaps even my first seen - ever.
Also: Eurasian Blackbird, Eurasian Blackcap.