Thursday, April 29, 2010

White Throated Crake

The elusive white throated Crake made a surprise appearance at GVI Costa Rica this week, not anywhere near a bird survey. GVI staff Rich, Sarah and Molly were sitting on the dorm porch late in the evening when something flew straight into Sarah’s head. After debate identifying the creature as a bat or a big bug someone found a light. “It’s a White ‘Throated Crake,” shouted Rich, “number 29!”.
Of the thirty study species in the bird project Rich now has only the Reddish Egret left to see. It hung around long enough for everyone still awake to see it before disappearing back into the dark, hopefully to a more suitable habitat. With American Pygmy Kingfishers (Chloroceryle aenea) on the mammal transect, a Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) on boat team, and now a White throated Crake (Laterallis albigularis) on base, it’s been an awesome week for birds in Jalova.