Brazil boasts 5 of the World’s 8 species of Aramides rails. They all show a combination of grey, rufous, chestnut and black plumage with yellow/green bills and orangey/red legs. The 10,000 Clicks section of 10,000 Birds is fast becoming the repository for Aramides archives as we bring you the third in the enthralling series. Click the links for Episode 1, Episode 2, or binge blog the box-set.

Aramides – Episode 3 – The Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail. Aramides saracura.

Two birds were seen as the light faded and the shadow of the forest lengthened across the lawns at the Jardim Botanico do Sao Paulo. The rails are seen regularly here and even venture out from the forest edge while children shriek and play on the grassed areas. Today had been especially noisy and they had waited to emerge until the cries died in the distance as the school groups headed towards the exit.

From 30 meters away, I was happy enough with a record shot that would confirm my identification, but I had to continue past the wood-rails to reach the exit by closing time. The rails retreated towards cover as I approached but I knew that I still had a few minutes to play with before the security guards started blowing their whistles to chivvy visitors out of the gardens.

I stopped at some picnic tables and the wood-rails were still in view. Perhaps I could make one good picture out of two through the power of Photoshop magic?

Then Fortune shone upon me (I can only assume that I must have been good in a previous life to deserve such luck) as one of the rails stopped in the half-light and looked back at me.

Not only did the bird stand pleasingly still, but I had sat at one of the picnic tables and was able to use my camerabag as a rest.

Shots of 1/25th sec were reasonably sharp and the rail treated me to a range of poses.

Including this one which may have an equivalent in Hatha Yoga.

Saracuro do Mato.

Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.