Not one of my spots, but submitted on behalf of a friend who would really like confirmation that it is a corncrake. I'm pretty sure he is right.
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A Corncrake would be much bigger, completely different in colour, and with very obvious chestnut wings. See http://www.rspb-images.com/email/1039196.jpg. You can see them at Balranald (I saw a couple the last time I was there, in flight, surprisingly), but your friend will have the excuse to go back and try again.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Definitely! It looks (in the first pic) as if it has just become aware of something - hence the raised crest, which is the giveaway for me.
Lat/Lng: 57.6005, -7.4875
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