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  • Holy Grail of Birding Photographed Near Remote Peruvian Lake

    An extremely rare and incredibly reclusive bird - the Junin Rail - was seen and photographed near a high Andean Lake this past Sunday, February 26, 2012.

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  • #2
    An amazing find and what a great place Junin Lake is. I especially like this photo by Mike Parr - http://www.abcbirds.org/picts/newsan..._mike_parr.jpg

    Brian S

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    • #3
      A friend of mine was over there with a couple of other Norwich birders a few years ago and they bumped into one of these and photographed it:

      http://www.birdforum.net/attachment....3&d=1152639246

      You have to suspect that is isn't all that uncommon in the right spots. Finding and seeing one is another matter...
      OBC John Peel Awesomeness
      The little things they make me so happy, all I want to do is live by the sea...

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      • #4
        Nice photos, but not even close to being the 'holy grail of birding' even in Peru for me.... the rail has been seen with some regularity in recent years:
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Birdingperu/message/7847
        Dept. of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK

        My website - Neotropical Bird Club -Tropical Forest Research - Punkbirder - Wikiaves

        In natural science the principles of truth ought to be confirmed by observation. — Carolus Linnaeus

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alex Lees View Post
          Nice photos, but not even close to being the 'holy grail of birding' even in Peru for me.... the rail has been seen with some regularity in recent years:
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Birdingperu/message/7847
          also:

          http://www.surfbirds.com/media/galle...0123032929.jpg

          Also note that this bird is almost certainly conspecific with the coastal Peruvian/Chile form, based on vocalizations, so almost certainly not a second endemic bird species for the lake

          cheers, a

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Brian S View Post
            An amazing find and what a great place Junin Lake is. I especially like this photo by Mike Parr - http://www.abcbirds.org/picts/newsan..._mike_parr.jpg

            Brian S
            So do I, superb picture

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            • #7
              Originally posted by alan lewis View Post
              also:

              http://www.surfbirds.com/media/galle...0123032929.jpg

              Also note that this bird is almost certainly conspecific with the coastal Peruvian/Chile form, based on vocalizations, so almost certainly not a second endemic bird species for the lake

              cheers, a
              Indeed Alan, SACC doesn't recognise species status for Junin Rail, pending someone doing some molecular chemistry - which should include the three currently recognised subspecies:

              murivagans (Riley, 1916) - coastal Peru.
              tuerosi Fjeldså, 1983 - L Junín, Peru.
              salinasi (Philippi, 1857) - C Chile and extreme W Argentina.

              There is a specimen record from here in Belém - the only Brazilian record, a vagrant from who knows where, but one does wonder if there aren't other populations of this species dotted around South America. In the 'fullness of time' one should expect one on Fair Isle too.....

              cheers

              Alex
              Dept. of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK

              My website - Neotropical Bird Club -Tropical Forest Research - Punkbirder - Wikiaves

              In natural science the principles of truth ought to be confirmed by observation. — Carolus Linnaeus

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