WA­TER RAIL’S EASY PICK­ING

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

Fol­low­ing your ex­cel­lent fea­ture on wa­ter rails, I thought you may be in­ter­ested in my ob­ser­va­tion. I was at Blash­ford Lakes, hop­ing to get a glimpse of the res­i­dent Bit­terns, when a Wa­ter Rail emerged and, af­ter mov­ing from one group of reeds to an­other, com­menced feed­ing on the re­mains of a Grey Heron. It fed for about 10 min­utes, of­ten putting its head right into the car­cass. Is this type of be­hav­iour com­mon in Wa­ter Rails? Mark Ison, vie email

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