Matt Daw just had the find of a lifetime at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. He was busy filming a Least Bittern, a pretty good bird to get video of to begin with, when, well, watch the video!
Wow! That Rufous-necked Wood-Rail is a first in the ABA Area and it is way, way, way, out of place. It isn’t featured in a single one of the many North American field guides. For more on the bird check out the ABA Blog.
Congratulations, Matt Daw!
Hmmmmm. There was no cursing when he saw the bird. I think a serious “WTF?” would have been the proper response.
Yeah, That should rank at least a whispered “Holy Shit”.
It wasn’t seen by us there in 1989! We were happy with the Whooping Crane there 17th Nov 1989!
Hmmm… Isn’t that Phoebe Snetsinger’s species No. 8000?
Yeah, that’s gotta be one of the biggest, best WTF(!)s in birding history.
I hear they are commonly kept in captivity. 😉