I was photographing another rare bird of Singapore, the Mangrove Pitta, when I received news that an even rarer bird was spotted. The Band-bellied Crake (Porzana paykullii) is a globally mega rare bird and upon being sighted, news soon spread fast and many bird photographers in Singapore came to know about it. The bird is so rare that it brought out photographers who have not been birding for a long time.
The Band-bellied Crake originated from East Russia and Northeastern China, and is becoming increasingly rare due to habitat loss. It is not sure if this is the first time this crake had been in Singapore, as it may be mistaken and easily overlooked as the very similar Ruddy-breasted Crake, which is a native bird here. This will be only the second confirmed sighting of the Band-bellied Crake in Singapore.
Thankfully, this rare bird is not shy and allowed the photographers to get very close up shots, sometimes too close. I had to reach the place before 730am to get a good spot to photograph the bird. The crowd had began to form before 8am. The bird put on a show as it goes about in its own business without being bothered by the people surrounding it.
After the excitement on the crake has died down, I went back another evening to photograph it with the beautiful orange sun shining onto it.
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