White-throated Crake (Laterallus albigularis)

The White-throated Crake is a member of the Crakes family of birds, which dwell inside deep foliage and swamps. They are frequently heard, but not easily spotted, as the dense tangle of leafs and twigs cover them completely. It is said that their call resembles and egg that is being fried, hence its Costa Rican popular name, “Huevo Frito”. The juveniles are grey, and even more difficult to spot. One very interesting behavior of this bird is that they go out of the foliage very cautiously, and if a predator seems to be nearby, they cross the trail running very rapidly, and then hop into the air, putting a lot of effort to fly, something they are not very adept at.

A pair of these secretive birds broke coverage and enjoyed a dip in a temporary rain pool. Seems more like frog behavior to me
A dip in the water must be refreshing for these birds that inhabit the hot and humid Caribbean lowlands in Costa Rica
Water drops can be seen spilling all over. This crake must be enjoying the bath
A sole individual peeking outside of the vegetation that provides camouflage for these elusive birds

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