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Of all birds I should think the corncrake is a species most birders would like to catch up with .......

Pauline says ......... 'I think it was the thought of seeing and photographing a corncrake which first took me out to the Western Isles back in 1990........ I could tell quite a few very amusing tales about attempting to photograph this elusive species - well elusive as far as seeing them - hearing them is a different matter - their 'rack-rack' call must be one of the loudest and far carrying 'songs' in the bird world - probably only beaten by the 'booming' of bitterns!.........'

........'Water rails are another favourite of mine and another with a strange call - likened to someone murdering a pig - a dreadful blood-curdling squeal. But it was in the western isles where Brian the local bird recorder pointed out the water rails wonderful ethereal whispering little breeding song one dusk - the total opposite of its daylight 'battle-cry'!'..........
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3.Pauline and Ian Wildlife Images
Thanks LOS and Davy Crockett: it was a big bird for our area in every sense!
2.Davy Crockett(non-registered)
LOS will use the GWE for the 2008 Annual Report, many thanks for allowing this Pauline
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Excellent, love the Water rails very difficult to see at times never mind taking photographs as good as these
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