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The Elusive Water Rail

Was going to go out to find frozen waterfalls today but as it had warmed up decided to go birding in stead. Meet up with Black Cat Photos, foto.phrend, Chris McLoughlin and John FotoHouse at Fairburn. I had chance to get this shy water rail. As it had decided to be near the busiest part of Fairburn it was even super shy darting from cover to cover. Then went onto Askham bog to find out that a mink has eaten all the water vole there :-( So went to the short eared owl place to see them flying in the distance!

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Taken on February 12, 2012