Black Crake - Strangest Nature
Thanks to Wildflower, I now know this bird is rather common (although this is the first time I ever saw it). It came on strong Northern and Eastern winds we had the last week.
This photo is of low quality, but the basics are there. Lime green beak, red eyes, red legs, huge feet (like a lily-runner type water bird) and short tail with black / dark blue plumage.
The Black Crake is a waterbird in the rail and crake family Rallidae. It breeds in most of sub-Saharan Africa except in very arid areas. It undertakes some seasonal movements in those parts of its range which are subject to drought. No subspecies have been described.
http://www.planetofbirds.com/gruiformes-rallidae-black-crake-amaurornis-flavirostra Posted 7 years ago
http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Black_Crake Posted 7 years ago