Skulking Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) | Joel Walley Wildlife Photography
A juvenile Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) skulking through the reed beds at Elmley Marsh RSPB reserve, North Kent. Water Rails are very secretive birds and are more often heard than seen, giving off pig-like squeals from within the reed beds. Occasionally you may be lucky enough to see one move from cover, usually sprinting across small patches of open water to move around their wetland habitats.

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