It's certainly is 'crake heaven' at the moment! I have never seen so many Australian Spotted Crakes in one area before, maybe a dozen or more. Normally you can see or hear the dark Spotless Crakes at Thomsons Lake fairly easily, but this time we only managed to see one, the area has been taken over by the Spotteds!
This area is usually dry mud and reeds by now, but it's looking pretty good this year.
The Spotted Crakes were not too concerned about us and approached unusally close, more interested in catching the small invertebrates on and under the water.
The south-east section of Thomsons Lake in probably the most ideal crake habitat at the moment.
The beautiful little Baillon's Crakes were also making an appearance, but in lower numbers. These little guys are my favourite crake species I think!
It was a wonderful morning spent watching all 3 local crake species at the one spot, normally quite a challenge.
The weather forecast looks windy and a little stormy for this week in Perth, but if there's a chance, it may be time to drag the big video camera there and try to get some crake footage!